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Pa. GOP Legislature Leaders: We Won't Interfere in Electoral College

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Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By    |   Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:49 AM

The Pennsylvania General Assembly will not interfere in choosing the state's presidential electors or help to determine the outcome of the election, as the popular vote determines the electors under state law, the Republican leaders of the state's Senate and House say. 

"To insinuate otherwise is to inappropriately set fear into the Pennsylvania electorate with an imaginary scenario not provided for anywhere in law — or in fact," Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, and House Majority Leader Kerry Beninghoff, R-Bellefonte, wrote for the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA. 

"To set the record — once again — without question: The only and exclusive way that presidential electors can be chosen in Pennsylvania is by the popular vote," they wrote. "The legislature has no hand in this process whatsoever."

Corman has doubled down on the statements in the piece, published before the election on Oct. 19, telling reporters that Republicans will continue to honor the wishes of the state's voters and will not bypass them to appoint electors who would back President Donald Trump, Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh reported Monday. 

“Our role is to monitor the process, our role is to provide oversight and call out questions where they might need asked, but certainly want to stay with the tradition of the popular vote winner getting the electors,” Corman said, according to Monday's report.

In their opinion piece, Corman and Beninghoff said the legislature will follow election code passed in 1937 concerning how the state's voters are to choose electors for the presidential race. 

"The General Assembly has a sworn duty to follow the Constitution and the Election Code, which does not involve the legislature in the process of choosing electors," they wrote. "There have been zero discussions occurring within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate about changing this provision."

The lawmakers said they understand that "misrepresentations and attention-grabbing social media posts" are part of the rhetoric surrounding the presidential election, but the Assembly must "rise above that."

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