Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers say an “alarming discrepancy” in the presidential vote count is two times larger than the margin of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
According to a Washington Examiner report, their analysis, released on Monday by state Rep. Frank Ryan and more than a dozen colleagues, found different vote counts when comparing Election Day data from counties and the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, or SURE, system used by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. They also raised suspicions about there being tens of thousands fewer votes in the presidential race than overall ballots.
The GOP analysis holds that county election results showed 6,962,607 total ballots were reported as being cast, while the SURE system indicated that only 6,760,230 total voters actually voted, which is a difference of 202,377 votes.
The Republicans said this 202,377 gap, coupled with 31,547 fewer presidential race votes seen in county data, amounts to “an alarming discrepancy” of 170,830 votes, which is more than twice the reported statewide difference between Biden and Trump.
Boockvar, a Democrat, cast the analysis as yet another misinformation effort designed to cast doubt on the integrity of the election. Wanda Murren, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told the Washington Examiner that the “so-called analysis was based on incomplete data.”
Numbers just don’t add up
GOP lawmakers said that “these numbers just don’t add up, and the alleged certification of Pennsylvania’s presidential election results was absolutely premature, unconfirmed, and in error.”
President Trump tweeted that the findings were more proof that the election was stolen from him even as federal and state officials say they have not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud and dozens of lawsuits challenging the results in several battleground states have had little to no success.
All this comes more than a month after Boockvar certified election results and Gov. Tom Wolf issued a certificate of ascertainment of presidential electors, stating that Biden received 80,555 more votes than Trump.
Trump, who huddled last week with conservative lawmakers who are planning a long-shot bid to object when the House and Senate meet on Jan. 6 to certify the Electoral College results, tweeted about the GOP analysis on Monday and Tuesday with a focus on the finding that there may have been roughly 200,000 more votes than there were Pennsylvanians who voted in 2020.
“This is far more votes than is needed by me to win Pennsylvania, not to mention hundreds of thousands of votes in other categories which increase my already big lead into a landslide. All other Swing States show likewise,” he said in one string of tweets before criticizing Republican leaders in Congress for not doing more to challenge Biden’s victory.