Challenge to Pennsylvania mail-in voting law tossed out by state Supreme Court: Report

Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are furious after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit that could have had a major impact on the results of the 2020 presidential election.

According to the Daily Caller, the Saturday ruling squashed another one of the president’s attempts to overturn what the media has declared as a win for former Vice President Joe Biden.

The lawsuit

The case at issue was brought by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), and it specifically targeted Pennsylvania Act 77, the law that allowed no-excuse mail-in voting in the Keystone State. Kelly and his legal team argued that the act was unlawful because the Pennsylvania Constitution needed to be changed before it could be implemented, and it never was.

Invalidation of Act 77 would have resulted in the disqualification of a large number of votes in the 2020 elections. In addition to getting these ballots thrown out, Kelly sought permission to appoint new Electoral College electors, given what he sees as an unlawful election.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, dismissed Kelly’s case altogether, saying that the lawsuit was not brought in a “timely manner.”

“The want of due diligence demonstrated in this matter is unmistakable,” the decision reads, according to the Daily Caler. “Petitioners filed this facial challenge to the mail-in voting statutory provisions more than one year after the enactment of Act 77.”

The court was also displeased that Kelly brought the lawsuit on Nov. 21 rather than immediately after the election.

What now?

Sean Parnell, who was part of the legal team that brought the lawsuit, discussed the matter on Fox and Friends on Sunday. He called the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision a “blatant political act.”

“We had hope that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, would take their oath to the Constitution seriously and not put party before their oath to the Constitution,” Parnell said, according to Fox News. “But clearly, I think this is a blatant political act on their part.”

The next step for Parnell and his team will be to try to get their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

During an interview Sunday on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, President Donald Trump slammed the judges in key election states, including Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada, who have thrown out election challenges. He also expressed doubt about being able to successfully “overturn” the election via the judiciary.

For this reason, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has revealed that, in addition to a legal strategy, the Trump campaign will seek to persuade the legislatures of contested election states not to certify their state’s vote, Newsmax reported.

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