Trump Secures Victory as Pennsylvania Judge Stops Election 'Certification' While 'No-Excuse Absentee Voting' Legality is Determined

Questions remain whether Pennsylvania's expanded Mail-In Voting procedure Violates the State's Constitution

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) β€” β€œTo the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the office of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing,’” ordered Judge Patricia McCullough just hours ago, ruling in the case brought by Pennsylvania voters, including Cong. Mike Kelly (R-PA,) claiming that a state law allowing for "No-Excuse Absentee Voting" violated the Pennsylvania Constitution which specifies the instances in which Absentee Voting is allowed.

As a result, the Pennsylvania State Court ruling blocks any further "Certification of Election Results" in the key battleground state pending a further hearing scheduled to be held this Friday, November 27th at 11:30 a.m.

The Trump Campaign's lawsuit argues that the state's newly implemented "Voting-by-Mail without an Excuse" procedure is invalid because expanding absentee voting in such a manner requires a Constitutional Amendment, not simply the passage of a legislation.

While the presidential election results in Pennsylvania have already been "certified," the Trump Campaign is continuing to fight the certification, calling for the election's decertification as they appeal their case alleging that:
 
  • Voters in only Democrat-heavy areas were improperly granted the ability to "cure" their invalid Absentee Votes, and
  • More than 680,000 ballots were counted during early-morning hours without proper bi-partisan observation.
The complaint in the case centers on Act 77, which the plaintiffs called "the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania Election Code to date."

That law expanded Mail-In Absentee Voting even though Article VII, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution specifically defines the scope of qualifications required to participate in absentee voting.

Pennsylvania State Law says that only the State Legislature shall provide a manner of voting for people who will be outside of their municipality on Election Day:
 
"because their duties, occupation or business require them to be elsewhere or who, on the occurrence of any election, are unable to attend at their proper polling places because of illness or physical disability or who will not attend a polling place because of the observance of a religious holiday or who cannot vote because of election day duties, in the case of a county employee, may vote, and for the return and canvass of their votes in the election district in which they respectively reside."

Pennsylvania election officials swiftly filed a Notice of Appeal with the State's Supreme Court, asking for a review of whether Judge McCullough erred in granting injunctive relief, saying Cong. Kelly and the other voters showed a "failure to satisfy any of the prerequisites" to warrant injunctive relief.

Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Democrat Josh Shapiro, also quickly responded on Twitter, claiming Judge McCullough's ruling will not impact the results of the presidential election because the state's election has  already been certified, and electors have been chosen.
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