Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses GOP lawsuit over mail-in ballots

Written by on November 30, 2020

 Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses GOP lawsuit over mail-in ballots

By Sarah Schneider / WESA 

November 30, 2020

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit by Republicans, including Congressman Mike Kelly and U.S. House candidate Sean Parnell. The suit was an attempt to invalidate mail-in ballots cast in the November election.

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On Saturday the court ruled that ultimately, the plaintiffs acted too late. Justice David Wecht wrote in his opinion that the suit should have been filed before the June primary and, quote “certainly well before the General Election.”

The suit alleged that Act 77 – the law that allowed Pennsylvanians to vote by mail-in ballots – was unconstitutional. Wecht went on to write that quote, “It is not our role to lend legitimacy to such transparent and untimely efforts to subvert the will of Pennsylvania voters.” 

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar had asked the court to dismiss the case.

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