Pennsylvania judge halts election certification

All Patriot NewsNovember 25, 20204min

A Pennsylvania court has ordered the state to halt work certifying elections until Friday, when it will hold a hearing on a lawsuit trying to have all mail-in votes disqualified.

Rep. Mike Kelly, congressional candidate Sean Parnell, and eight other petitioners claim last month’s decision to allow all voters to use mail-in ballots was unconstitutional.

Allies of President Trump have suffered setback after setback in their efforts to exclude mail-in ballots and overturn election results around the country.

But on Wednesday, Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia A. McCullough entered a preliminary order temporarily halting certification.

“Inasmuch as respondents, based on their press release and briefs, have not undertaken certification of any of the other results of the election, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing,” she wrote.

This followed a filing late on Tuesday evening in which the challengers also laid out other measures the court could take, including preventing electors from meeting next month.

“Because the electors, by law, must perform their duties at the ‘seat of government of this Commonwealth,’ this court may also enjoin Respondents from permitting the electors to assemble at such location,” they wrote.

One long-shot possibility for Trump is that states fail to certify their results by Dec. 14, when electors are due to meet to select the 46th president of the United States. Under such circumstances, loyal Republican state legislatures might be able to ignore the popular vote and appoint electors who would deliver Trump wins in states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden.

With 99{3c673d3ab703a335aa2de9fb6bc2c1f473b2ba555cfc5936ab3ce7b22bef001e} of the vote counted, Biden leads Trump by more than 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, according to multiple news organizations that have called the state for the Democratic nominee.

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