Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito moved up a deadline for Pennsylvania officials to respond to an emergency injunction petition before the high court regarding the 2020 General Election in Pennsylvania.
According to The Epoch Times, Alito made the deadline Dec. 8, instead of Dec. 9.
The emergency injunction petition asked the Supreme Court to step in to stop Pennsylvania from prematurely certifying its election results before legal challenges could be heard. That challenge was brought in a lawsuit by by, among others, US Rep. Mike Kelly and Republican candidate Sean Parnell.
Republican plaintiffs in that lawsuit say Pennsylvania’s Act 77 is unconstitutional. That’s the legislation that ushered in mass mail-in ballots to Pennsylvania for the 2020 election cycle.
Mail-in ballots in the hundreds of thousands rushed in to election officials across Pennsylvania but Republicans believe there’s a chance many of those are fraudulent and at the very least, are illegal because Act 77 wasn’t passed as a state Constitutional Amendment.
A Commonwealth Court Judge in Pennsylvania wrote an opinion in late-November that she believes the lawsuit has merit and plaintiffs are likely to succeed. However, Pennsylvania officials appealed that judge’s decision to order a stay on the state certifying its election results to the state Supreme Court, which tossed the lawsuit entirely. That’s when the Republican plaintiffs appealed to the US Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court was urged by several parties to hear the Pennsylvania case, including by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Alito moving the deadline for Pennsylvania to respond to emergency injunction petition is significant for one reason.
Dec. 8 is known as the “safe harbor” deadline for all questions concerning the most recent election to be settled. The Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 to vote for President. The Epoch Times suggests this means the Supreme Court intends to rule on the emergency injunction that could result in the Pennsylvania vote being invalidated.
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