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Pennsylvania excessive court docket throws out problem to mail-in ballots

Worker holds bundles of mail-in ballots to be counted in Pennsylvania, November 4, 2020.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom on Saturday rejected an election problem spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued {that a} regulation allowing no-excuse mail voting violated the state Structure.

Kelly, together with a number of different Pennsylvania Republicans, sought to invalidate tens of millions of mail-in votes, which may have ceded a key state gained by President-Elect Joe Biden to President Donald Trump.

The ruling stated, “Petitioners sought to invalidate the ballots of the tens of millions of Pennsylvania voters who utilized the mail-in voting procedures. … Alternatively, Petitioners advocated the extraordinary proposition that the court docket disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted within the Common Election and as a substitute ‘direct the Common Meeting to decide on Pennsylvania’s electors.'”

The excessive court docket dominated no on all counts and stated, “All different excellent motions are dismissed as moot.” It stated the declare may have resulted within the “disenfranchisement” of tens of millions of voters.

A spokesman for Kelly didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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The state Supreme Courtroom unanimously worn out a decrease court docket order that had blocked state officers from doing something additional to hold out this week’s certification of the election outcomes.

The court docket criticized plaintiffs for submitting the swimsuit greater than a yr after common mail-in voting was established within the state and stated they lacked “due diligence.”

The swimsuit is certainly one of greater than 26 pro-Trump election challenges dismissed by courts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and elsewhere.

The president has claimed his loss is the results of widespread fraud however to this point not a single court docket, together with some headed by Trump appointees, have agreed.

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