A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday ordered state officials not to certify the results of the 2020 election until his court holds an election contest hearing this Friday.
Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough has ordered the state not to take further steps to complete the presidential race certification, which the state announced on Tuesday. It also blocked the certification of all other election results.
"To the extent that further actions remain to refine the certification of the 2020 election results for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, let the certification stop pending the evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday," written by the judge in his order ( pdf ).
"It is preliminarily forbidden to certify the remaining results of the elections, pending the probative hearing".
McCullough presides over a lawsuit filed by Republican lawmakers and candidates against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Plaintiffs alleged that the scope of Pennsylvania's postal ballot – Act 77 – violates the state constitution.
"Act 77 is the largest and most fundamental amendment to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date," says the lawsuit , filed in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
"As with previous historical attempts to illegally expand postal voting by statute, which have been canceled since the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Constitution. of Pennsylvania, without first having followed the procedure necessary to modify the constitution to allow expansion “.
Plaintiffs include Rep Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Republican Congressional candidate Sean Parnell, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives candidate Wanda Logan.
Governor Wolf's office did not respond to a request for comment. It is not clear what steps remained from Wednesday morning to "perfect" the certification of presidential and vice presidential competitions.
After Keystone State announced on Tuesday the certification of the presidential election results, plaintiffs filed an emergency request ( pdf ) just before midnight, arguing that there was no need to act so quickly. In 2016, Pennsylvania certified the December 12 presidential election.
“It appears that the respondents' actions may have been accelerated in response to the emergency relief request … in an attempt to foreclose any corrective action by this court faster than this court was able to assess the emergency relief request. and the responses to it, “The plaintiffs wrote.
Marc Elias, one of the best lawyers leading the Democrats' post-election legal battles, called the case frivolous.
"Republican Congressman Mike Kelly filed a new frivolous lawsuit in Pennsylvania trying to prevent the state from certifying election results and letting lawmakers choose voters," Elias tweeted Nov. 21. "This is absolutely shameful."
President Donald Trump responded to Elias, writing, “This is by no means frivolous. It is carried in the name of one of the most respected members of the United States Congress who is disgusted, like so many others, by an election that is a fraudulent mess. Fake ballots, dead person votes, no Republican observers allowed, and more! "
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