Reporting by Robert Costa
Behind the scenes, a key aide says former President Donald Trump is encouraging state lawmakers in Pennsylvania to repeal Act 77, the law that allows all voters in the state to cast ballots by mail, An attempt that suggests he is working behind the scenes. To influence the 2022 mid-term elections.
On September 6, there was a meeting with Trump and key aides at Trump Tower on how to urge Pennsylvania state Republicans to reverse or repeal Act 77, as noted by veteran political strategists who attended the meeting and longtime Trump. According to colleague Michael Caputo. The law, passed in 2019, enables “no excuse” mail-in voting and was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court earlier this year. The gathering was first reported by news site Semaphore and further details were reported by Rolling Stone.
Trump, who defeated Pennsylvania President Joe Biden by 81,660 votes, attacked and discouraged mail-in voting in 2020 in remarks and: “There is no way (zero!) that mail-in ballots will be anything less than largely fraudulent,” one tweet read.
Caputo said That he and others working on repeal of Act 77 requested a meeting with Trump. The former president agreed to see him and was encouraging, Caputo said.
“Trump’s message at the September 2022 meeting was that [Pennsylvania] State legislators have to act now, otherwise we’ll have no excuse for mail-in balloting long into the future,” Caputo told CBS News. [Trump] Doing? As the head of the Republican Party, he can call, talk to people.”
Caputo said Trump is regularly talking to aides in Pennsylvania about his push to change the election law and said he keeps a close eye on the state’s legislative developments, and finds Trump’s efforts “encouraging” and said active.
Democrats voted by mail in Pennsylvania far outnumbered in 2020: More than 2.6 million voted by mail in 2020 – 1.7 million were Democrats and nearly 623,000 were Republicans.