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PA GOP: No delays expected in Trump vote certification

Written by Katie Meyer | Dec 8, 2016 5:55 AM
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Harrisburg) -- As the Green Party pushes for election recounts in key states, leaders of Pennsylvania's Republican Party have expressed concerns the delays could ultimately hold up President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

But, those fears now appear to be eased. A lawyer for the state GOP has said he's confident Pennsylvania's results will be validated on time.

States are federally required to settle controversies surrounding the appointment of their electors on the 13th.

Otherwise, their electoral votes may not be deemed valid by Congress.

In a court filing Monday, Trump's lead counsel in Pennsylvania, Lawrence Tabas, warned that Stein's recount could potentially impact, "the interests of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Donald J Trump for President Incorporated."

But, the team has now changed its tune, according to state GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney.

"The Republican party of Pennsylvania is 100 percent confident that the election results will be certified in time," she said.

Sweeney wouldn't elaborate further on the reasons behind the sudden switch. Tabas couldn't be reached for further comment.

The Stein campaign maintains a recount is necessary, saying the commonwealth's electronic voting machines are outdated and vulnerable to tampering.

A federal court hearing on the Pennsylvania vote is scheduled for tomorrow,

 

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