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Politics A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results

01:15  22 november  2020
01:15  22 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Mail - in ballots , which smashed records this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, have favored Biden, whose campaign encouraged Democrats He noted that Pennsylvania allows mail - in votes to be received and counted up until Friday. "We are going to continue day and night until we get every

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  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019.
  • Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voting, should be deemed "unconstitutional."
  • Some 2.6 million voters in Pennsylvania cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans, led by US Representative Mike Kelly and 2020 congressional candidate Sean Parnell, are suing Gov. Tom Wolf, the GOP-controlled General Assembly, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, seeking to toss out a major voting reform bill that passed last year and thus invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.

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3, 2020, in Easton, Pennsylvania . In the third version of his campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the results there, the complaint accuses election officials Campaign lawyers want a federal judge to block Pennsylvania from certifying the results to give them time to search for evidence.

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The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which was signed into law in October 2019 and created no excuse mail-in voting and a 50-day period for voters to request and submit their ballots ballots, should be deemed "unconstitutional." The law was passed with the support of Republican majorities in the General Assembly and signed into law by Wolf, a Democrat.

The lawsuit seeks to toss out mail-in ballots and halt the certification of Pennsylvania's election results, which is set to take place on November 23. President Donald Trump's campaign has aimed to set aside the state's election results and appoint pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College to secure the state's 20 electoral votes.

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Pennsylvania ’s Supreme Court ruled on prohibiting counties from rejecting mailed ballots if the Two Republican justices joined five Democratic justices in the decision. The verdict was a victory for the 3 presidential election , more than 2.9 million voters in Pennsylvania have requested mail - in ballots

In the latest sign of the chaos overshadowing the 2020 election , none of Pennsylvania 's counties will be able to send out ballots to voters Monday Democrats are pushing Republicans to make changes to the election law that would allow mail - in ballots to be opened three weeks before Election Day.

President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a 50%-49% margin, edging out Trump by over 82,000 votes.

The plaintiffs argue that the act overrides legal limitations on absentee voting and insist that such an act should have been subject to a constitutional amendment.

"Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date," the plaintiffs wrote. "[It] 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."

Voters cast nearly 2.6 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania in the 2020 election, with Biden winning 1,993,156 votes and Trump earning 594,117 votes, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer noted that a little over 80% of Trump's votes in the state (2,730,751) were cast in-person, compared to 1,408,659 in-person votes for Biden.

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In his Pennsylvania tweet, Trump said that 700,000 ballots had not been “allowed to be viewed” and that because of that, “based on our great Constitution” his campaign wins the state . He also said in a later tweet that “Everyone knows that we won” in Georgia. Twitter put a new label on the tweets.

With millions of Americans voting by mail during the pandemic, The Guardian and ProPublica are Pennsylvania . 20 electoral votes. Home to some of the most intense legal battles of the election Mail - in ballots must be postmarked by 2 November, or in person on election day, and received by

Kelly easily won reelection in the conservative-leaning 16th Congressional district, while Parnell lost his race to Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb in the more politically competitive 17th Congressional district.

For weeks, debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories have been pushed by Trump and his allies, largely centered on the vote in Philadelphia, one of the most vote-rich cities for Democratic presidential nominees in the entire country. Biden won Philadelphia 81%-19%, with a roughly 471,000-vote margin.

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