Pennsylvania high court throws out challenge to mail-in ballots

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

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday rejected an electoral challenge by US Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued that a law allowing mail voting without any excuse violated the state’s constitution.

Kelly, along with several other Pennsylvania Republicans, sought to invalidate the millions of mail-in votes that could have handed President Donald Trump to a major state won by President-Elect Joe Biden.

The ruling stated, “Petitioners sought to invalidate the ballots of millions of Pennsylvania voters who used mail-in voting procedures. … Alternatively, petitioners advocated the extraordinary motion that the court voted in the general election Separated 6.9 million Execilvians. And instead ‘direct the General Assembly to elect Pennsylvania’s electors.’

The High Court gave no verdict in all the cases, saying “all other outstanding motions have been dismissed.” It said the claim could be due to the “disrespect” of millions of voters.

A spokesperson for Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The state’s Supreme Court unanimously overturned a lower court order that barred state officials from doing anything to advance certification of this week’s election results.

The court criticized the plaintiff for filing a lawsuit more than a year after the establishment of universal mail-in voting in the state, saying he “lacked due diligence.”

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

The president has claimed that his loss is the result of widespread fraud, but not a single court has agreed yet, including the heads of Trump’s appointment.

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