Fox contributor says “we should do everything to try to prevent” Pennsylvania from counting legal votes

Republicans are working alongside Trump to invalidate hundreds of thousands of legal votes in an attempt to sway the election

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.)

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Citation From the November 4, 2020, edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom

TRACE GALLAGHER (CORRESPONDENT): I want to get your take on the breaking news here in Pennsylvania. Because really, I mean, you’ve got a GOP-controlled legislature in Pennsylvania. We just heard from the Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf there. They're at odds over this law that you can accept absentee ballots coming in after Election Day, and that's kind of the thing the Supreme Court decided not to get involved in for the time being. The question remains, this is litigation that could mess up a lot of plans over the next five, six, seven days.

BILL MCGURN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Yeah, I agree with that. I would say Pennsylvania invited this kind of outcome and for things to be messed up with litigation by the way they changed rules. My understanding -- when the Supreme Court upheld the court's decision on Pennsylvania and the rules -- my understanding was that that was just about a stay. In other words, they rejected the Republican request for a stay. So that can be revisited. And in that short period of time, we now have Amy Coney Barrett on the court. So it could change a lot. 

Look, this is the worst outcome where everyone goes to vote, and then overnight, people are counting votes. We don't know what's going on, and results change. We should do everything to try to prevent that, but again Pennsylvania and other states invited this.


McGurn’s suggestion to throw out legal votes comes as Trump has baselessly claimed that there will be widespread election fraud in Pennsylvania and lied that he won the state, even though there are around a million ballots still to be counted there.