On Monday, 10 red states filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Pennsylvania Republicans who are fighting to have ballots arriving after Election Day discounted.
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas and Ohio all joined the brief, with Ohio giving its approval on the “Independent State Legislature Doctrine,” which places constitutional powers in the hands of state Legislatures, including the regulation of elections.
New: The state of Missouri + 9 other states have filed a brief in support of PA GOP. Goes hard on the notion that voting by mail is especially susceptible to widespread fraud, which election experts who study voting trends and behavior say is unfounded https://t.co/AyjbEyjEXS pic.twitter.com/71kzanbGKr
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) November 9, 2020
Under orders from the Pennsylvania Department of State and Secretary Kathy Boockvar, county election officials were already separating late-arriving ballots, or “segregating” those ballots from the count until a verdict had been reached.
Last month, the Supreme Court rejected the state GOP’s push to eliminate the extended ballot deadline with Justice Samuel Alito concluding that there was not enough time before the Nov. 3 general election to decide the matter.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman addressed the matter on Twitter following the filing, saying that more of the General Assembly’s Republicans voted for mail-in ballots than Democrats.
Let me be clear, far more REPUBLICANS in the PA Legislature voted for Vote by Mail than Democrats.
It’s a fact: You can look it up.
GOP AG’s suing PAGOP for a GOP Vote by Mail bill is even *less* effective than suing a ham sandwich. https://t.co/NV8zQxhSbG
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 9, 2020
Regardless of whether or not the court rules in favor of Pennsylvania’s GOP, it’s unlikely to change the election results, given Biden currently has more than a 45,000-vote lead on President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania with a little more than 52,000 ballots left to be counted.
Most of the remaining ballots hail from democratic strongholds such as Allegheny and Philadelphia counties.