Pennsylvania Supreme Court Turns Down Effort to Challenge Election
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Turns Down Effort to Challenge Election BYfor The Epoch Times
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied an application for a stay of its own order related to the certification of election results on Dec. 3.
In a one-statement order, the state’s highest court rejected a filing by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and other Republicans.
Kelly’s lawyer didn’t respond to a request for comment by press time.
The group last month sued the state, seeking to block the certification of the election results in the commonwealth by arguing that its vote-by-mail statute violates the Pennsylvania Constitution.
A commonwealth judge several days later blocked certification of the results. She said petitioners would likely win the lawsuit “because petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment.”
But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, dominated by Democrats, overturned the ruling on Nov. 28.
The court said petitioners failed to file their challenge in a “timely manner,” as they had filed their suit more than one year after the enactment of Act 77—the law central to the case.
The plaintiffs this week filed a request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. They also argued that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should stay its own ruling because there was a “reasonable possibility” that the nation’s highest court would take up the appeal.