By Li Hai and Jan Jekielek
Chuck DeVore, vice president of national initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, suggested in an interview with The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” that unusual election irregularities justify lawsuits and recounts.
“If the local elections officials in the city of Philadelphia are so confident that they have enough valid votes to beat President Donald Trump, and assign the 20 electoral college votes of Pennsylvania to Vice President Joe Biden. If they were that confident, why are they resisting an authorized court order to allow for people to observe the ballot as they’re supposed to legally be able to do?” DeVore responded to a question from correspondent Jan Jekielek.
Ballot observers complained that they were not allowed within 30 to 100 feet to supervise the ballots being counted in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania prevented us from watching much of the Ballot count. Unthinkable and illegal in this country.” President Donald Trump tweeted Monday.
“By the way, this is a common thing throughout the entire country, that you’re supposed to have people from both sides observing the physical process of counting the votes to make sure that it’s done honestly and legally,” DeVore added, “it really potentially puts into doubt the results that came out of Philadelphia.”
DeVore pointed out that only a few months ago, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted a Philadelphia election official on charges of bribery and election tampering.
“When you have a race or a state like Pennsylvania, where you have this unprecedentedly large number of mail-in ballots that have been requested, then the question becomes what sort of safeguards are we using to ensure that the votes are valid and have been legally cast?” DeVore spoke about the integrity of the mail-in ballots.
DeVore went on to say that one of the safeguards—the requirement to have a matching signature on the outside of the envelope—was obliterated in Pennsylvania.
DeVore and 35 experts in total gamed out what the election might look like four months ago and published a report (pdf). One of the scenarios was a contested election with lawsuits, very similar to what we’re witnessing today.
DeVore admitted that it’s a possibility that the next President would be announced till the Inauguration Day but he expressed optimism, “The U.S. Constitution is resilient.”
“Don’t lose heart, and fight for what you believe should be the proper outcome of this election, a free and fair and honest election,” DeVore concluded.
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