The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is calling for a full audit of election returns before the state certifies its results, citing "issues which cannot be overlooked."
"This, of course, is a significant departure from Pennsylvania law and practice, and it eliminated one of the most important security and anti-fraud features used with absentee and mail-in ballots," he wrote.
"It also treats voters who vote on Election Day in person different from those that used the absentee ballot of mail-in program."
Boockvar later issued more guidance to counties, telling officials to count the ballots but keep the totals separate from the regular ballot count.
"Very serious equal protection rights issues now exist due to the disparate treatment of voters from different counties," Cutler wrote.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said Nov. 6 he didn't know of the more recent guidance, prompting him to order state officials to separate late-arriving ballots as a legal battle plays out regarding whether to count them.
Spokespersons for Boockvar and Wolf didn't immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment.
Other state lawmakers also have called for a full audit.
"I have serious concerns and fully concur with Speaker Cutler: AUDIT THE VOTE! No certification until a successful audit is completed," state Rep. Russ Diamond, a Republican, said Nov. 6.
State officials conducted audits of both the Democratic and Republican presidential primary races earlier this year.
Boockvar has said she's planning another partial audit, described as a statewide risk-limiting audit, after all the ballots are counted.
Republican state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, meanwhile, said Boockvar's guidance regarding mailed ballots is an example of state officials implementing rules that favored Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Biden eclipsed President Donald Trump's vote count in Pennsylvania on Nov. 6 and has maintained a lead since, as ballot counting continues.
Boockvar told reporters on Nov. 5 that the number of late-arriving ballots that had arrived "are a tiny fraction of what came in after the primary," which was 60,000.
"You get the most ballots, you know, the day after Election Day, and then it dwindles from there. So I think it I don't expect it to be a significant amount," she added.
Wolf said during a separate briefing on Nov. 4: "I'm going to fight ... to protect the vote of every Pennsylvanian. I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that every vote counts."