In email to constituents Friday, state Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, claimed his office has been “inundated with allegations of voter fraud,” but provided no examples or proof of those claims. Ryan also did not mention what steps his office took after receiving those complaints.
In the statement, Ryan falsely called the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow ballots postmarked on Nov. 3 and received up to three days after the election “illegal.”
The former Marine cast doubt on the commonwealth’s elections, saying, “I believe elections in Iraq are far more secure today than here in Pennsylvania, based on what is happening now.
Ryan also cast doubt on Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s ability to run a secure election in Pennsylvania.
“I have lost confidence in Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and we are calling on her to resign,” Ryan wrote in a statement.
In an opinion issued last month, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote that the state Supreme Court likely overstepped its bounds. But Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the court would not grant a request to overturn the ruling with the election looming.
“That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,” Alito said then. “But I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election.”
Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined Alito’s opinion.