Kelly Statement on Breach of U.S. Capitol and Objection to Pennsylvania's Electors

Jan 7, 2021

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement on the breach of the U.S. Capitol and his vote to object to Pennsylvania's electors:

"What happened at the United States Capitol yesterday was wrong and does not reflect who we are as Americans. In this country we resolve our disputes peacefully in legislative bodies and courts under the rule of law. Thank you to the Capitol Police and all other law enforcement officers who bravely secured the Capitol and kept us safe.

"Notwithstanding these events, I still objected to Pennsylvania's slate of electors. The tragic attack on the U.S. Capitol does not change the fact that Act 77's no excuse mail-in ballot system violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and Governor Wolf and Secretary Boockvar disregarded the law in multiple ways leading up to the election."

Background

  • Accepting ballots past 8:00 pm on Election Day;
  • Not requiring signatures to match on mail-in ballots or requiring dates. Meanwhile, the matching of signatures was required at a polling site;
  • Authorizing the curing of mail-in ballots with less than a 24-hour's notice;
  • Authorizing the use of unsecured drop boxes, which is not permitted in statute; and
  • Prohibiting certified poll watchers overseeing the canvassing of ballots in Philadelphia.

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