Gov. Tom Wolf declared over Twitter that the Pennsylvania Department of State approved the results on Tuesday morning, precisely three weeks after the contentious Nov. 3 election, which President Trump is still contesting.
"As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Wolf said. “I want to thank the election officials who have administered a fair and free election during an incredibly challenging time in our commonwealth and country’s history."
“Our election workers have been under constant attack and they have performed admirably and honorably,” he continued.
The Pennsylvania approval is another failure for the Trump team and followed Georgia confirming its results on Friday. Michigan also confirmed its election results on Monday through a lengthy meeting of its State Board of Canvassers, which was under great stress from Democrats to approve and from Republicans to hold off on doing so.
The Trump campaign’s legal team, headed by the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, registered a federal lawsuit in the Keystone State attempting to block the state’s certification. The lawsuit alleged that Democratic-leaning counties in Pennsylvania wrongfully enabled voters to fix errors on their submitted absentee ballots, while some Republican counties didn’t allow absentee voters to do the same.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Judge Matthew Brann dropped the case on Saturday and suggested a scathing rebuke of the legal challenge.
“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens,” Brann wrote. “That has not happened.”
The Trump campaign then urged the federal 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent the certification.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Trump campaign for comment regarding the certification but did not instantly receive a response. After Michigan’s certification on Monday, Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis put out an announcement that declared that the vote “certification by state officials is simply a procedural step.”
“We are going to continue combating election fraud around the country as we fight to count all the legal votes. Americans must be assured that the final results are fair and legitimate,” she said.