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A Pennsylvania judge on Nov. 25 ordered state officials to not certify the results of the 2020 election until her court holds a hearing on an election contest on Nov. 27.

Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough ordered the state to not take any further steps to complete the certification of the presidential race, which the state announced on Nov. 24. She also blocked the certification of all the other election results.

“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” the judge wrote in her order (pdf).

“Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing.”

McCullough is presiding over a lawsuit brought by Republican lawmakers and candidates against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The plaintiffs allege that Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail statute—Act 77—is in violation of the state’s constitution.

“Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date,” the lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, states.

“As with prior historical attempts to illegally expand mail-in voting by statute, which have been struck down going as far back as the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution, without first following the necessary procedure to amend the constitution to allow for the expansion.”

The plaintiffs include Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives candidate Wanda Logan.

The office of Gov. Wolf didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. It’s unclear what steps remained as of Nov. 25 to “perfect” the certification of the presidential and vice-presidential races.

After the Keystone State announced the certification of the presidential election results on Nov. 24, the plaintiffs filed an emergency request (pdf) just before midnight, arguing that there was no need to act so fast. In 2016, Pennsylvania certified the presidential election on Dec. 12.

“It appears that respondents’ actions may have been accelerated in response to the application for emergency relief … in an effort to preclude any remedial action by this court faster than this court was able to evaluate the application for emergency relief and the answers to it,” the plaintiffs wrote.

The emergency request underlined that while Pennsylvania completed vote-counting and submitted the signed certification to the U.S. archivist, a number of steps still remain for the formal certification process to be completed.

“While Respondents may have proactively attempted to avoid potential injunctive relief granted by this Court, Respondents duties with regard to finalization of the full election results are far from complete,” the filing states.

Marc Elias, one of the top attorneys leading the Democrats’ post-election legal battles, called the lawsuit frivolous.

“Republican Congressman Mike Kelly has filed a new frivolous lawsuit in Pennsylvania seeking to block the state from certifying the election results and having the state legislature choose electors,” Elias wrote on Twitter on Nov. 21. “This is absolutely shameful.”

President Donald Trump responded to Elias, writing: “This is not at all frivolous. It is brought on behalf of one of the most respected members of the United States Congress who is disgusted, like so many others, by an Election that is a fraudulent mess. Fake ballots, dead people voting, no Republican Poll Watchers allowed, & more!”

Wolf signed Act 77 into law on Oct. 31, 2019. Eight of the nine sponsors of the bill in the Pennsylvania Senate were Republicans.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro responded to the order, saying that it does not affect Tuesday’s appointment of electors.

Later on Wednesday, Boockvar and other state officials filed a notice of appeal informing the court that they were appealing McCullough’s decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (pdf).

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  • Leland Roth says:

    (Not me here) “I have long thought, said and taught the greatest deficiency of Progressives is that they must always progress. They can never stand still, for once any do, in a snap of finger, it turns conservative, rejected by the Progressives who have already moved-on.

    There is a second great deficiency of the Progressive dilemma that this 2020 election has now brought to the forefront. Progressives to maintain progress must lie. I am a bit surprised this whole thing got this far. I shuttered when Clinton, bad boy billy, said ‘I did not have sexual relations with that women.’ I thought the whole thing would snowball much faster. ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor’… and he still got reelected in 2012.

    How do I relate this to the 2020 election? Much theory is forming on why Dems did what they did to blow up this election. I have already said they simply grossly underestimated Trump landslide. Obviously Dems used every dirty trick in the book, on steroids, and threw down the massive mess of mail-in hooey. But come early 11.4 they suddenly realized all their tricks were inadequate to turn back the tide of Trump wave so they had to suddenly spike the vote… or go to jail all the sooner. Paying the rent for a few more days on the stay-out-of-jail card drove them to the blatant fraud, total lie, gross and obvious vote flip for Biden’s alleged win. 

    In early morning hours, mourning the numbers, they had no choice but to do the unthinkable, lie all the more and more openly. How did they get caught so badly with pants down, numbers to? Rank and file among Dems have learned the way to succeed in the Party is to lie. The bigger the lie the better. So these many months they have been lying to themselves, to each other and especially top dogs, Barry/Soros, ‘we got this, Trump does not have a chance.’ Now of course Dems have been the party of lies since bad boy billy, even long before, and often Rinos have been little better. This is not an R or D thing. I’d go a step or two further, they have not simply become the party of lie, but the cult of big fat lie, caught and found. Who wants in? They are a fat gluttonous jackass far out on a very skinny branch. The branch busted and we all watch free fall waiting for final thud. They will try to continue and their thugs will row their boat hard, but Dem’s are now cooked goose on a dinghy with kraken circling. Trust gone… for them, everyone is out to save as much skin as they can. Trust the plan materializes for us.

    Progressives must always Progress and to do that, they must endlessly lie. See it from Clinton lie to 2020 fraud. All the lies have finally added up to return goose egg.”

    THUD

    Wearethene.ws

  • ERIC says:

    Good for Trump! & fuck all the DemonRats calling it frivolous, & also fuck the gov of PA. & their sec of state too! & fuck the 8 So-called Repubs who voted yes on this Act 77 as well! Fucking RINOs!

  • Michael says:

    Step in the right direction. Just bone of many. Victory is coming! Praise God!

  • Zeynep Karakurt-Ozman says:

    This election has ended up as a war in the Courts. Corrupt Democrats -v- The People’s President Trump… President Trump has the best legal team, Hopeful Biden has fake news media……. Biden and his gang of social media and fake news media are bound to lose…… Trump team has a hidden Force in their system… GOD…… Good is always bound to win…..because this is GOD’S RULE…..

  • bill says:

    I as a real human and AMERICAN cannot believe that the “people” are shown true facts that their leaders have lied, cheated and stolen from them, YET, they continue to elect the corruption. How in thee hell can they sleep in their own beds after all of this corruption has been uncovered and they agree to it ???? WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA.

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