Fox News contributor Bill McGurn suggested on Wednesday that Pennsylvania throw out hundreds of thousands of legal votes, saying that “we should do everything to try to prevent” the state from counting votes after November 3, even though election results are never completely tallied by midnight on Election Day.
Republicans have filed lawsuits to block the counting of votes in the state and to “throw out mail ballots containing errors that were corrected by voters.” This would disenfranchise voters and discount their legal votes in a year when more votes were cast with mail-in ballots. In fact, “over 2.5 million mail-in ballots had been received” in Pennsylvania “as of Tuesday morning,” which accounted for “about 40 percent of the total ballots cast in 2016.” Many of those votes remain to be counted, and more than 1.6 million of those mail-in votes came from Democrats.
Election officials have warned for months that “the expected influx of mail-in votes this year could mean a longer wait before the winner of the presidency was known,” and some counties in Pennsylvania were not able to start counting absentee ballots until November 4. Republicans have worked in several states to invalidate these votes, which often favor Democrats. In fact, Republicans have been working in several states to invalidate these votes, which often favor Democrats “since the ballots usually tend to come from more urban jurisdictions.”
During the November 4 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, correspondent Trace Gallagher asked McGurn about a Supreme Court decision that “allowed mail in ballots to count” in Pennsylvania “if they are received within three days after the election -- even without a legible November 3 postmark.” McGurn noted that the court could revisit its decision but decried the fact that “overnight, people are counting votes” and that the “results change” as more legal votes are tallied in the state. He concluded, “We should do everything to try to prevent that.” (As of publication, President Donald Trump is leading in the state, with more than a million outstanding ballots remaining to be counted.)