Pennsylvania court strikes down expansive mail-in voting law

1/28/2022 9:00:00 PM

A statewide court says Pennsylvania’s expansive two-year-old mail-in voting law is unconstitutional, agreeing with challenges by Republicans who soured on mail-in voting.

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A statewide court says Pennsylvania’s expansive two-year-old mail-in voting law is unconstitutional, agreeing with challenges by Republicans who soured on mail-in voting.

A statewide court says Pennsylvania’s expansive two-year-old mail-in voting law is unconstitutional, agreeing with challenges by Republicans who soured on mail-in voting.

The decision, by a five-judge Commonwealth Court panel of three Republicans and two Democrats, could be put on hold immediately by an appeal from Gov. Tom Wolf's administration to the state Supreme Court.Wolf’s office had no immediate comment Friday.

The three Republican judges agreed with Republican challengers — including 11 Republican lawmakers who actually voted for the law — and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state constitution, until the constitution is changed to allow it.

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It is a computer 🖥️🖥️🖥️ world now 2022. People vote's should be counted regardless on whom they vote for. It is unconstitutional. People's vote's aren't being counted. Q: If Act is unconstitutional in PA now, how could unchecked mail-in balloting have been constitutional in the rigged 2020 election there? A: It wasn't.

Pennsylvania court tosses state's mail voting lawPennsylvania court strikes down the state’s mail voting law, saying that voters must amend the state constitution before such legislation is legal. This is gonna be appealed, right? Funny because I remember along with CNN and others attacking certain Congress people for pointing out this law was unconstitutional last year. In fact they were accused of being part of the “big lie” simply because they understood how laws should be enacted. Shameful.

Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail statute ruled unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court; appeals expectedGov. Tom Wolf notes current systems will stay in place while appeal is pending. ....of course it will not stay in place while waiting appeal Not how the law works I am a PA Absentee Voter. I am beyond pissed at this move. They say, I do not reside in PA, I cannot vote. Thing is, I still have to file my Federal Taxes, even though I no longer reside in USA! Make a FEDERAL ABSENTEE MAIL IN VOTING OFFICE, or STOP requiring us to file 1040's!

Biden's nearly 2M mail-in Pennsylvania votes in 2020 would now be 'unconstitutional'Joe Biden won the state and its 20 electoral votes by a slim margin of 50 percent to 48 percent over President Donald Trump. thats the only way the GOP can win. cheating. they dont support democracy anymore. I believe you have a few rulings out of PA mixed up. Yesterday, the PA S. Ct. denied an appeal to hear a case about mail-in ballots, but that opinion did not strike down the 2019 law. Today, it was a lower court that struck down the 2019 law, and that ruling will be appealed.

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HARRISBURG, Pa.mail voting law on Friday morning, saying that voters must amend the state constitution before such legislation is legal.Updated: Jan.Donald Trump and his allies have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election, filing numerous court cases following the 2020 election.

- A statewide court declared Friday that Pennsylvania's expansive two-year-old mail-in voting law is unconstitutional, agreeing with challenges by Republicans who soured on mail-in voting after then-President Donald Trump began baselessly attacking it as rife with fraud in 2020's campaign. The decision, by a five-judge Commonwealth Court panel of three Republicans and two Democrats, could be put on hold immediately by an appeal from Gov. “If presented to the people, a constitutional amendment to end the Article VII, Section 1 requirement of in-person voting is likely to be adopted. Tom Wolf's administration to the state Supreme Court. | Published: Jan. Still, the decision throws Pennsylvania's voting laws into doubt as the presidential battleground state's voters prepare to elect a new governor and a new U.” The ruling can be appealed to a higher court.S. Following Friday's news, Trump praised the ruling, writing,"Big news out of Pennsylvania, great patriotic spirit is developing at a level that nobody thought possible.

senator in 2022. Pennsylvania expanded mail voting with a 2019 law that was heralded as a bipartisan compromise as it was passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Mail-in ballots are sorted and counted by workers on Election Day on Nov. Just over 2.5 million people voted under the law's expansion of mail-in voting in 2020′s presidential election, most of them Democrats, out of 6. It later became a target for Republican criticism when then-President Donald Trump falsely criticized mail voting as a source of widespread fraud.9 million total cast.com A narrow Commonwealth Court majority struck down Pennsylvania’s new but widely-used law permitting no-excuse mail-in voting Friday, arguing that the state Constitution should have been amended before the Legislature made this kind of significant change to voting processes across the state. Wolf’s office had no immediate comment Friday. 2021, 14 Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives filed suit against the state’s mail voting law alleging it unconstitutional and, in Sept. Conference of Mayors 90th Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.

Trump quickly lauded the decision. "Big news out of Pennsylvania, great patriotic spirit is developing at a level that nobody thought possible. The Democratic National Committee and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, as well as several GOP county committees, intervened to defend the law with the state. The immediate impact of the decision is limited. Make America Great Again!" he said in a statement through his political action committee. The three Republican judges agreed with Republican challengers — including 11 Republican lawmakers who actually voted for the law — and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state constitution, until the constitution is changed to allow it.6 million Pennsylvania voters cast a mail or early in-person ballot. The two Democrats on the panel dissented. That means other provisions in the law including the elimination of straight-party voting options and longer pre-election windows for residents to register to vote would also stay in effect for now.

The state Supreme Court — where an appeal was expected shortly — has a 5-2 Democratic majority. Following the ruling, the former president heralded the news. Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, said in a statement the opinion will be immediately appealed and will not have any immediate impact on Pennsylvania’s upcoming elections. Shapiro, a Democrat who is running for governor, said he is confident the state Supreme Court will uphold the mail-in voting law as constitutional, and criticized the lower court's opinion as "based on twisted logic and faulty reasoning, and is wrong on the law. The Democratic National Committee and the Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of State's office did not respond immediately to requests for comment. “The simple fact is that despite near-unanimous Republican legislative support for this historic update to Pennsylvania election law, they now want to strip away mail-in voting in the service of the “big lie”." In 2019, the Republican-controlled Legislature authorized no-excuse mail-in voting for all voters , expanding upon a provision in the state constitution that required the state to provide the option for people to vote if they are unable to vote in person for specific reasons. Those reasons include being out of town on business, illness, physical disability, election day duties or a religious observance. Timm.

Every Republican lawmaker, except one, voted for the bill in a deal with Wolf, who had sought the mail-in voting provision.” Voting by mail has already proven extremely popular with 21st Century Pennsylvania voters, perhaps fueled by interest in options to in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic. In exchange, Wolf agreed to get rid of the straight-ticket voting option that Republicans had sought as a way to protect their suburban candidates from an anti-Trump wave in 2020's election. The Constitution does not explicitly say that the Legislature cannot extend absentee voting to others. However, Republican challengers say the constitution intended that absentee voting be strictly limited, citing a passage that says voters must live in an election district for at least 60 days where they "shall offer to vote. In the presidential vote, those mail-in votes skewed heavily in favor of Democrat Joe Biden, giving former President Donald J." In the opinion, the three Republican judges agreed, saying that passage had been cited in two prior state Supreme Court decisions to invalidate laws passed in 1839 and 1923 to expand absentee voting.

The dissenting Democrats on the panel say a separate provision of the constitution empowered lawmakers to provide no-excuse mail-in voting by law. That provision says "All elections by the citizens shall be by ballot or by such other method as may be prescribed by law. Make America Great Again!” The current challenge was brought in two separate cases: one from Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko, and the second from a group of Republican state legislators." In addition to baselessly attacking mail-in voting through much of 2020, Trump also later claimed, without evidence, that the election was stolen from him in critical battleground states including Pennsylvania when Democrats manufactured mail-in ballots. In in 2020, Republicans sought to invalidate the mail-in voting law and throw out all ballots cast under it, which would have effectively overturned Biden's victory in Pennsylvania. The state Supreme Court , saying the plaintiffs — including U. But those changes, Leavitt said in an opinion joined by Judges Patricia McCullough and Christine Fizzano Cannon, have always followed corresponding amendments in the state Constitution that cleared the way for them to be enacted.

S. Rep. Mike Kelly and defeated congressional candidate Sean Parnell — "failed to act with due diligence" in waiting to challenge the law until after they saw Trump had lost the election. Because that list of reasons does not include no-excuse absentee voting, it is excluded,” Leavitt wrote. Advertisement .