A group of about 200 Trump supporters gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capital Building in Harrisburg for an election integrity rally on Thursday. The event was organized by conservative activist Scott Presler, who stated that another rally would be held tomorrow afternoon.
Demonstrators chanted “stop the steal” and “count every legal vote” in reference to an increasing number of voting irregularities popping up in key swing states. Trump poll watchers and lawyers have reportedly been denied access in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. When they have been allowed access, there have been instances where observers were forced to stand 50-200 feet away from the tables. This would make it impossible to verify ballots, particularly mail-in ballots.
So far, the Trump campaign has either filed or plans to file a number of lawsuits in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia, among other states.
Representatives Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) were in attendance at the Harrisburg rally. “This is where the fight is coming folks,” Perry said in reference to Pennsylvania. “You can feel it right?”
“We’re not asking for much, we’re not asking for too much. We want the ballots and the votes that are counted to be legal, to be valid. We want them to have been sent and have a postmark on them either on or before election day, not after election day,” he continued. “We want people to be able to observe the count like they are everywhere else in America.”
The PA Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that is allowing mail-in ballots to be counted up to three days after election day. The state court ruled that the ballots could be counted even if they didn’t have a legible post mark dated on or before November 3. The Trump campaign has appealed to the federal Supreme Court to make a ruling on the case.
“The United States Constitution is clear on this issue: the legislature sets the time, place, and manner of elections in America, not state courts or executive officials,” Trump deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said on Wednesday.