Judge Blocks Certifying Presidential Election in Pennsylvania – Hearing Set for Friday
A Commonwealth Court judge on Wednesday ordered a halt to any certification of the 2020 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania.
Judge Patricia McCullough ordered that Pennsylvania stop any further actions that could be taken to certify the results of the election for President held earlier this month.
She’s responding to a request from Plaintiffs in a lawsuit that questions the legality of Act 77, the legislation that expanded the use of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania in 2020.
Commonwealth Judge Blocks Certifying 2020 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania
Earlier in the week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took the first steps to certifying the vote result that makes Joe Biden the winner of the election here in the state.
After starting the certification process, including sending election results to the US Archivist, Wolf sent out this tweet:
Today @PAStateDept certified the results of the November 3 election in Pennsylvania for president and vice president of the United States.
As required by federal law, I’ve signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) November 24, 2020
Attorney General Josh Shapiro added in a statement, “Pennsylvania’s presidential electors have been chosen and certified for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris in accordance with the popular vote in our Commonwealth. This is exactly how the process should happen — the people vote, those votes are counted, and the electors chosen reflect the will of the people.”
Biden’s victory is mired in numerous controversies and the campaign for President Trump and other lawsuits allege that mail-in ballots were collected and counted illegally and should be discarded and discounted from the now-certified vote totals.
And although the process to certify the results is underway and the Governor is spiking the football on an apparent Biden win, those filing the lawsuit in Commonwealth Court say it’s far from actually being finalized.
McCullough’s court is set to hear arguments brought by several Republican candidates and an elected official that argues Act 77, the legislation that OK’d mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, is unconstitutional. An evidentiary hearing on that lawsuit is set for Friday, Nov. 27.
You can read that full court filing here:485797248-620-MD-2020-Order-Nov-25
Those plaintiffs requested an emergency action from McCullough seeking to stop the certification until their case is heard. It accused the Wolf administration of rushing the process to certify results before their case could be heard.
She granted the request and ordered a halt to the election certification.
The order from McCullough reads, “To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday.”
The Wolf administration has appealed McCullough’s order to halt certification processes to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania Presidential Election Validity in Question
This is just one of several Republican attempts to call into question the validity of the 2020 Presidential Election in Pennsylvania. In recent weeks, the Trump campaign, led by attorney Rudy Giuliani has spelled out several times how his legal team believes the vote was illegal on several fronts:
- Republican poll workers were blocked from ballot counting sites
- Voting machines erred grossly in favor of Biden
- Mail-in ballots were counted in secret, including several dumps of hundreds of thousands of votes
The Trump campaign vows to continue its fight against the semi-certified results of the Pennsylvania election and elections in other states in an attempt to overturn the projected outcome.
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