HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – A Pennsylvania Court of Appeals judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop further steps to verify election results, a day after Governor Tom Wolf said Democrat Joe Biden had been certified in the presidential election. winner of Pennsylvania.
Wolf’s administration quickly asked the state Supreme Court to block the entry into force of the decision, saying there was no “conceivable justification” for it.
“Since the birth of our nation nearly 250 years ago, no court has issued an order aimed at interfering in the determination of the state’s presidential voters – to this day,” the administration said in its motion.
Federal Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican judge, issued the order and held a hearing on Friday, but resigned amid the appeal. It was not immediately clear whether he intended to maintain the certification of state and local contests on the ballot paper or whether he would interrupt the state’s 20-voter meeting scheduled for 14 December.
U.S. Republican Mike Kelly and others filed a lawsuit on Saturday, attacking about 2.5 million postal vouchers, mostly issued by Democrats. It was said that state legislation controlled by the GOP did not follow the proper procedure when it voted to expand voting by mail last year.
The state Supreme Court twice overturned Republican challenges on election issues this month.