A Pennsylvania court has determined that a prior ruling to overturn the current “universal mail-in ballot statute” will stand and go into effect in March.
Last month, Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled that the state’s mail-in ballot statute was unconstitutional.
Leavitt said, “Republicans who challenged the law are likely to prevail when the state Supreme Court reviews the case in March.”
“No-excuse mail-in voting makes the exercise of the franchise more convenient and has been used four times in the history of Pennsylvania,” Leavitt wrote in her opinion in late January.
“Approximately 1.38 million voters have expressed their interest in voting by mail permanently. If presented to the people, a constitutional amendment… is likely to be adopted. But a constitutional amendment must be presented to the people,” she said.
To put it another way, you can’t just make up rules on the spot without modifying the state constitution to make them legal.
The judge observed that the administration of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf had filed an appeal “assumes the higher court will overrule decisions that were rendered in 1862 and 1924, which would invalidate laws passed to expand absentee voting.”
Wolf’s lawyers did not claim that the 1862 or 1924 verdicts were incorrect, according to Leavitt.
The case will go to the state Supreme Court on March 8.
Republicans have criticized Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot regulations and vote-counting procedures, including one that permitted mail-in ballots to be counted up to three days after the election if they were received by Election Day.
In an email to supporters last month, former President Donald Trump expressed his delight at the news.
“Big news out of Pennsylvania, great patriotic spirit is developing at a level that nobody thought possible. Make America Great Again!” he said.
The Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania does not want Republicans to go ahead with their plans for an election audit in the state, and he is stepping in to stop them.
According to CBS, Attorney General Josh Shapiro tried late last year to prevent Republican state lawmakers from employing a specific corporation to audit the outcomes of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.
Shapiro filed a court brief stating that Envoy Sage LLC should not have access to the personal information of over nine million Pennsylvanians.
Shapiro said Envoy has no election experience and only has two employees.
Envoy Sage was recruited by Republican lawmakers to conduct a forensic audit of the 2020 general election results as well as the outcomes of this year’s May primary.
“PA Republicans want to send the personal, private information of nine-million Pennsylvanians to Envoy Sage LLC – a company led by a Republican donor with no experience in this work – to conduct their sham “audit.” It’s a violation of your privacy, and I’m suing to stop them,” the attorney general said on Twitter.