President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign scored a victory this week in a Pennsylvania courtroom.
As reported by The Epoch Times, Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough agreed to block certification of the state’s presidential election until a hearing set for Friday.
She also ruled that results from all other elections would not be certified until after the hearing has concluded and allegations of fraud have been addressed.
“Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing,” McCullough ordered.
“Another illegal attempt”
Pennsylvania has been a primary target for the Trump campaign’s continuing complaints of fraud and other irregularities in critical swing states where Democratic nominee Joe Biden was declared the winner. McCullough’s decision marks a significant win in that pursuit.
According to the Times, the ruling stems from a case brought by GOP lawmakers alleging that Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail system violates the state constitution.
In the lawsuit, the mail-in voting act is described as “the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date” and “another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution.”
“We won it by a lot”
The complainants went on to assert that any changes to mail-in voting provisions require a constitutional amendment, which was not authorized prior to the election.
On its face, the GOP case appears to have a firm foundation and it could lead to a major decision that impacts elections to come. In more immediate terms, dismissing a significant number of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania could potentially reverse the state’s presidential election results, sparking additional legal battles elsewhere across the nation.
Of course, Trump’s path to re-election appears to grow narrower each day and it would take more than a reversal in Pennsylvania to overcome his reported deficit to Biden.
Regardless of the short-term implications, this lawsuit strikes many American voters as an important step toward restoring faith in the nation’s election process following a months-long campaign by Democrats to advocate for widespread mail-in voting.
The president sounded optimistic when he joined a meeting this week held by Pennsylvania Republicans, reportedly declaring by phone: “This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot.”