Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf described the Trump campaign’s lawsuit seeking to stop the vote count as “simply wrong,” while promising to “fight like hell” to protect the votes of every Pennsylvania citizen.
It goes against the most basic principles of our democracy. It takes away every American citizen’s right to vote and choose our leaders. “Our election officials at the state and local levels should be free to do their jobs without fear, intimidation, or attacks,” Mr. Wolf said Wednesday night.
The governor, who belongs to the Democratic Party, said, “These attempts to sabotage the democratic process are simply shameful.”
Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, is crucial for Donald Trump to have any chance of returning to the White House.
The Trump campaign has filed three lawsuits to pause the count in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia even as his opponent, Joe Biden, is close to winning six electoral votes. During the elections, the validity of ballot papers by mail was frequently discussed.
But Mr. Wolf indicated that they “will fight every attempt to deny the electorate the right to vote.”
“We will continue to run free and fair elections in Pennsylvania … In Pennsylvania every vote counts. I will fight like hell to protect the votes of all of Pennsylvania. I will do everything in my power to make sure everything matters because in Pennsylvania, every vote counts, every vote counts.” Wolf said.
A similar story is set in Michigan, a crucial swing state whose 16 electoral votes have already been cast for Joe Biden. In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan for the first time in more than 20 years.
Reacting to the lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said: “It has no basis … [it] It is a frivolous lawsuit “and it is, in fact, an example of the type of disinformation designed to sow the seeds of doubts about the integrity of our electoral process.”
It highlighted that more than 30,000 electoral workers are participating in the vote count.
“ From the moment the polls opened yesterday, when our polling officers and election officers were able to start scheduling ballots until now, they’d been tracking every rule meticulously to count the votes, and doing so transparently with the people on either side of the aisle – they were both looking for work. [in] Mrs. Benson said.
She stressed that she is “committed to ensuring that every valid vote is counted, and that only valid votes will count in our state.”
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Michigan alleging that campaign monitors were denied adequate access and sought to review ballot papers that had been counted while they did not have “real access.”