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Pa. Supreme Court throws out GOP challenge to 2.5M mail-in ballots, report

By: - November 29, 2020 7:42 am

Dealing them their second legal defeat of the weekend, Pennsylvania’s highest court has thrown out a Trump campaign-aligned challenge to the state’s effort to certify mail-in ballots, according to a published report.

On Saturday, the state Supreme Court unanimously overruled a lower court’s order blocking the certification, arguing that the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for the Keystone State’s mail-in balloting statute, the Guardian reported.

The justices also scoffed at the request in the lawsuit, filed by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, demanding that the entirely election be overturned in its entirety, writing that the plaintiffs had “failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted.”

Another of the plaintiffs in the case, former GOP congressional hopeful Sean Parnell, praised the mail-in balloting law earlier this year.

Vanquished W. Pa. congressional hopeful, who’s part of of GOP ballot suit, praised mail-in voting earlier this year

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has denied latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to challenge election results in Pennsylvania.

Friday’s ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms last week’s decision by a federal judge in Williamsport to reject the Trump campaign’s bid to stop or reverse the certification of election results in Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported.

Pennsylvania’s election results were certified by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump, who lost Pennsylvania by 81,000 votes, has refused to concede that he lost the Nov. 3 general election to President-elect Joe Biden. He has vowed to appeal the appellate court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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