Pennsylvania certification process halted by Pittsburgh judge

by Jenny Mount · Nov 25th, 2020 3:29 pm

Last Updated Nov 26th, 2020 at 6:07 am

A Pennsylvania judge will not let the state move forward in certifying its election results until a hearing on Friday.

Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough in Pittsburgh ruled to halt the process "to the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election."

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar certified former Vice President Joe Biden's Pennsylvania victory on Tuesday.

The case before McCullough was brought by Pennsylvania Republicans, led by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), and seeks to derail certification. According to the lawsuit, Pennsylvania's legislature's adoption of expanded absentee voting last year was unconstitutional.

McCullough has requested Boockvar and Gov. Tom Wolf file a response by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Wolf appointed electors for the state on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the order "does not impact yesterday's appointment of electors."

With a number of formal steps remaining, including issuing commissions to elected candidates, the plaintiffs argued an injunction could still be issued. The state's "duties with regard to finalization of the full election results are far from complete," the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.


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