Republican electors in Pennsylvania and Georgia cast their states’ electoral votes for President Trump on Monday hoping that legal challenges will succeed, and Democratic electors in those states also cast their votes for Joe Biden.
The Pennsylvania GOP hinted in a press release that the Trump campaign advised the Republican electors to cast their votes for Trump in order to preserve any potential rights to legal challenges that could overturn Monday’s voting decision.
The Trump campaign and other Republican officials are alleging that elections in states including Pennsylvania and Georgia went against state laws, compromising the ballot counts.
Trump campaign Pennsylvania chair Bernie Comfort said in a statement, “We took this procedural vote to preserve any legal claims that may be presented going forward. This was in no way an effort to usurp or contest the will of the Pennsylvania voters.”
BREAKING: REPUBLICAN ELECTORS CAST PROCEDURAL VOTE , SEEK TO PRESERVE TRUMP CAMPAIGN LEGAL CHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/XVWuR5WzvN
— PA GOP (@PAGOP) December 14, 2020
While the Pennsylvania Republican party said they drew inspiration from the 1960 election, during which Democrats challenged President Richard Nixon’s victory in Hawaii. Democratic electors submitted a conditional vote for John F. Kennedy. After a recount, Kennedy was declared the winner of the state.
Almost the same time, Republican electors in Georgia cast votes for Trump, while Democrats cast the state’s electoral votes for Biden as well.
Georgia’s 16 electors have all cast their votes for Joe Biden, and electors applauded and cheered as the vote concluded.
“I’m pleased to announce that Joseph R. Biden has received 16 votes for president of the United States,” said Stacey Abrams, presiding officer.
— Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) December 14, 2020