Pennsylvania Republicans to ask SCOTUS to weigh in after state court throws out mail-in ballot suit: Report

Republicans in Pennsylvania are not giving up on their challenges against allegedly fraudulent mail-in ballots.

GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell told Fox News in a bombshell interview Sunday that Pennsylvania Republicans will ask the United States Supreme Court to step in after the Keystone State’s own Supreme Court dismissed their case.

“A blatant political act”

President Donald Trump and his allies argue that experiments with mail-in ballots this year led to significant voter fraud in the 2020 elections, and they have slammed actions taken by Democratic state officials to unilaterally loosen election procedures.

In Pennsylvania, Parnell, who lost his race, joined Rep. Mike Kelly and other Republicans in a lawsuit calling for more than two million ballots to be dismissed, arguing that an October 2019 policy that allowed no-excuse absentee ballots, Act 77, was unconstitutional, according to NPR.

But Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court dismissed the case Saturday and reversed an order from a lower court judge last week to block results from being certified in what Parnell called a “blatant political act.”

“What I’m trying to do is bring a sense of clarity to an election where 50% of the people in the state of Pennsylvania have no clarity,” the Republican said Sunday, according to Fox. “And the fact is because they dismissed my case with prejudice, they’re saying that anybody else in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can challenge the unconstitutionality of Act 77 but me.

“We had hope that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, would take their oath to the Constitution seriously and not put party before their oath to the Constitution,” Parnell added in his talk with Fox & Friends Weekend. “But clearly, I think this is a blatant political act on their part.

Faithless electors?

This is not the first time this year that Republicans in Pennsylvania have wrangled with the state Supreme Court over election controversies. Before the election, Republicans in the state challenged the same court’s decision to allow mail-in ballots to be received after Nov. 3.

In the present case, the court slammed the Republicans’ request as extraordinary and argued that they waited too long to make their challenge.

“They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht wrote, according to Fox.

The ruling came as Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state legislature introduced resolutions over the weekend to have the state legislature pick electors, the New York Post reported.

“There is mounting evidence that the [Pennsylvania] presidential election was compromised,” Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) wrote in a Saturday tweet. “If this is the case…the state legislature has the sole authority to direct the manner of selecting delegates to the Electoral College.”

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