The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses the lawsuit to discard all letterheads


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republicans seeking to invalidate all letters of state without an excuse. According to the state Supreme Court, the dismissal was based on “the petitioners’ failure to submit their constitutional challenge in a timely manner.”

The decision will end the abstention introduced earlier this week, which has prevented the Commonwealth from justifying a number of races from the November 3 elections. The presidential competition had already been confirmed when the stay took effect.

Plaintiffs, including State Congressman Mike Kelly and Republican candidate Sean Parnell, have tried to argue that a 2019 law, Article 77, which allowed voting without an excuse, is unconstitutional.

But in a unanimous opinion, Court of Justice David Wecht wrote that “The petitioners could have brought this action at any time between 31 October 2019, when Governor Wolf signed Act 77, and 28 April 2020, when the Court continued to retain exclusive jurisdiction. constitutional challenges. “

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the decision “another victory for democracy.”

“The PA Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to drop 2.5 million Pennsylvania votes and suspend certification.” Shapiro has tweeted.

The Trump campaign sought to raise a number of legal challenges in the state of Pennsylvania that were consistently rejected by the courts. Earlier this week, the third appellate court denied it a call from the Trump campaign that the Secretary of State and some counties have restricted public observers and unfairly allowed voters to solve technical problems with their mail. That was the lawsuit thrown out federal judge last week.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann wrote in a horrific order that the plaintiffs “used tense legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations, were not included in the operational complaint, and were not supported by evidence. In the United States, this cannot justify deprivation of a single voter. not to mention all the voters of its sixth most populous state. “

Zak Hudak contributed to the report.