The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Congressman Mike Kelly and other associates of Donald Trump, seeking to invalidate the state’s mail-in ballot since the 2020 election.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro called the decision “another victory for democracy” and described it as an attempt to get 2.5 million Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots and close the credentials for the election results.
The court said that the “failure of the petitioners to file their constitutional challenge in a timely manner” was the basis for the decision.
The plaintiffs raised the issue with Act 77 and its “universal mail-in ballot provision” but were given the opportunity to challenge the law before the election.
Justice David Wech wrote: “It is not our role to legitimize a transparent and untimely effort to undermine the will of Pennsylvania voters. The court should not decide on the election if the will of the voters is clear. “
The court dismissed the case “with prejudice” which means it cannot be reconsidered.
A group of eight Republicans, including Congressman Kelly, brought the lawsuits against the Republican-majority Pennsylvania General Assembly, state Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Bookver, alleging that the law allowing mail-in voting in the state is unconstitutional.
Act 77 77 – which allows mail-in voting in the state – was passed in 2016 in the Republican-majority General Assembly with the state’s majority Republican support.
It passed the Pennsylvania House in 138-81, with only one Republican vote. Every Republican senator voted yes to this law.
Every legal challenge to Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election by annulling the legal election has been thrown out of court.
The lawsuit alleges that in order for the state to extend its mail-in voting allowance, it must amend its constitution, which it did not. As a result, the lawsuit argues, all mail-in ballots are invalid.
In a previous court ruling, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a mail-in vote.
Other election-related lawsuits have already been filed in Pennsylvania.