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Republicans, meanwhile, have been blamed by election integrity advocates, county officials, Democratic lawmakers and Wolf’s administration for blocking counties from processing mail-in ballots before election day.

That left counties to process more than 2.6 million mail-in or absentee ballots, starting on Election Day, and brought to life their warnings that vote counting would extend for days after the election.

“The fact that counties were blocked from doing that until Election day made Pennsylvania an outlier and resulted in exactly what I and others had warned, which is our count being drawn out much longer than it should have have been,” said Christopher Deluzio, the policy director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. “It was a crisis very much of Harrisburg legislative leaders’ own making.”

In a statement Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, said Republicans have unveiled a “sham process.”

“The votes, fairly cast, have been accurately counted and reported,” they said. “It is time to move on and focus on a peaceful transition — rather than partisan efforts to undermine the results they don’t like.”

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Rep. Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland County, attends a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Supporters of President Donald Trump, left, gather as a counter protester holds a sign outside of the Wyndham Hotel where the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee is scheduled to meet, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside of the Wyndham Hotel where the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee is scheduled to meet, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside of the Wyndham Hotel where the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee is scheduled to meet, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

A supporter of President Donald Trump, left, and a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden argue outside of the Wyndham Hotel where the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee met Wednesday in Gettysburg.



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Rudy Giuliani, center, speaks at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



Election 2020 Pennsylvania

Election 2020 Pennsylvania

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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the Wyndham Hotel, where Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for the president, is speaking at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



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