Pennsylvania high court throws out challenge to mail-in ballots

The plaintiffs lacked 'due diligence' in a claim that could have disenfranchised millions of voters, the state Supreme Court said.

11/29/2020 4:09:00 AM

NEW: PA Supreme Court rejects election challenge led by US Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued that a law permitting no-excuse mail voting violated the state Constitution; court says claim lacked “due diligence” and could have disenfranchised millions of voters.

The plaintiffs lacked 'due diligence' in a claim that could have disenfranchised millions of voters, the state Supreme Court said.

An observer photographs Lehigh County provisional ballots on Nov. 6 in Allentown, Pa.Mary Altaffer / APNov. 29, 2020, 12:57 AM UTCByandDennis RomeroThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday rejected an election challenge spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, who argued that a law permitting no-excuse mail voting violated the state Constitution.

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Kelly, along with several other Pennsylvania Republicans, sought to invalidate millions of mail-in votes, which could have ceded a key state won by President-Elect Joe Biden to President Donald Trump.The ruling said,"Petitioners sought to invalidate the ballots of the millions of Pennsylvania voters who utilized the mail-in voting procedures. ... Alternatively, Petitioners advocated the extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the General Election and instead 'direct the General Assembly to choose Pennsylvania’s electors.'"

The high court ruled no on all counts and said,"All other outstanding motions are dismissed as moot." It said the claim could have resulted in the"disenfranchisement" of millions of voters.A spokesman for Kelly did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The state Supreme Court unanimously wiped out a lower court order that had blocked state officials from doing anything further to carry out this week’s certification of the election results.The court criticized plaintiffs for filing the suit more than a year after universal mail-in voting was established in the state and said they lacked"due diligence."

The suit is one of more than26 pro-Trump election challengesdismissed by courts in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and elsewhere.The president has claimed his loss is the result of widespread fraud but so far not a single court, including some headed by Trump appointees, have agreed.

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Can't believe the trumpers don't realize that all the president is trying to do is raise money and so far it's a 170 million dollars and almost none that will go to this craziness False Omg just STAHP already. You all are so tiring with your false claims. BIDEN WON. MOVE ON. Imagine if Trump, when asked what his thoughts were, being led from the WH, he says, 'Gentlemen, this is Democracy Manifest...'

Let me help since you are not going to want to do this update yourself: How stupid! Such a waste of the courts time and taxpayer money. To now fight a bill passed a year ago. One in which, Kelly probably voted for, thinking it would suppress Democratic voters....but now that it backfired, he wanted a do over!

The election was over on November3rd yet the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is allowing ballots received up to November 9th, 6 days after the election. Dems exposed the weakest link, mailinballots and they did disenfranchise millions of voters with the MailInBallot scheme I’m a permanent resident alien. Mexico don’t even claim me no more. I’ve lived in the US for 40 years. I want to see proof of illegals voting because they can’t

DEFLECTION! Has Absolutely NOTHING to do with the Rampant Fraud of this Presidential Election. We Intel Vets Know the Facts. dbongino RichardGrenell greggutfeld DonaldJTrumpJr EricTrump LLinWood SidneyPowell1 WarNuse RealJamesWoods westall_sarahw S_Cooper0404 DrButtar Please ask Vote Denyer’s if fraud was there, how come the (Republican) judges and State Supreme Courts (appointed by Trump), could not find any evidence? Trump is keeping the Steal alive to keep his Base angry so he can raise more money for his PAC.

Corruption in PA Supreme Court. Case must go SCOTUS 🔥 biden worship in twitter is why SMART folks switch to PARLER period. To quote Will McAvoy “If they’re so fucking right, how come they lose so goddamn always?” What requires more documentation? Scheduling a Doctor's appointment or Voting? 🤔 I like the part where the judges said they waited too long. It highlights the fact that trump had 4 years to fix whatever voter issues he thinks happen. It is truly rediculous anyone believes the Con in Chief.

no voter suppression ! Every American has the right to vote and the voters have spoken! Skoobruoydaer This just means... realDonaldTrump POTUS IS A LOSER!!!!!!!!! LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump LoserTrump This is sedition, these people are literally attempting a coup against legitimate voters - they should be tried.

The people disenfranchising millions of voters are the crooked Courts, bought & paid for by the Nazis(aka Democrat party). Any HONEST person who listens to these ACTUAL DEMOCRATS & Republican witnesses, will SEE, this election was a DEMOCRAT PARTY SCAM! Good glad they threw them out. And the PA Supreme Court would have claimed that it was premature had it been filed earlier, all to avoid a hearing on the evidence. They already ruled early in 2020 that the courts and Gov could change voting rules without the legislature. Corrupt to the core.

Allowing it disenfranchised real voters and injury did not occur until election day, appeal ACB ElectionFraud StopTheSteaI AnotherOneBitestheDust MAGA Trump trumpsGrift is for magas to keep donating money to a pretend cause to over turn the election. 🤣🤣😂😂🤣☠️ MAGA got got again! Isn't this the same law that PA GOP fought for?!?!? The hysterical part of this is that every scheme trump tried to suppress the vote backfired.

Let me guess. If mail in ballots benefited the GOP then it would be legal but not if it swings the other way even though they were the one who passed it in 2019? Wouldn’t that be called cheating? Give it up and go to jail, Donald. the want to change the rules after the vote? So wait until after the Election when Trump has lost and then question the legality of mail in ballots? How many states have been doing mail in ballots for how long with no issues like this?Whenever Trump is involved it never runs smoothly. He just loves drama. Which he causes.

'a Republican who voted for Trump, Raffensperger ... refused repeated attempts by Trump allies to get him to cross ethical lines.“I don’t think I had a choice. My job is to follow the law. We’re not going to get pushed off the needle on doing that. Integrity still matters.” DiaperDonald TrumpIsALaughingStock who will get his 'clock cleaned' at the Supreme Court if he pursues his fake 'election fraud' claim there just like his disastrous joke of a one term Presidency got its 'clock cleaned' in November.

Next the Supreme Court!! The GOP has returned to its roots. I think the Judge should have mentioned that the Republican-dominated House and Senate didn't think the no-excuse mail voting bill was unconstitutional when THEY passed it. Lock Mike Kelley up realDonaldTrump and his delusional gop supporters must love reliving the loss again and again.

According to all the MATHEMATICIAMS at the SPLC, the DEMOCRATS got a little tooOOO GREEDY during the 2020 ELECTION CYCLE and their GREED is what keeps consistently showing up in all SWING STATES in the MATHEMATICAL ALGORITHMS: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER I like Presidents who don't Lose. Trump has lost for 4 years straight. Trump and his Trumpists are suckers and losers

Which was expected now we are on to the United States supreme Court where this matter will finally be settled Bad lawyers, bad politicians, bad bad Republicans. How long before they start sanctioning them in court with a firm rebuke from the judge? What is this now 1 - 40? Those cheats did not contest the mail-in ballot law in 2019. Since TrumpIsALaughingStock lost the 2020 elections, suddenly the law is unconstitutional. Those Republicans are as dishonest as DiaperDonald

THE REPUBLICANS PASSED THIS LAW IN 2019!!!! *NOW* IT'S UNFAIR?!? LoL they are not even hiding the fact that they are trying to cheat anymore. This legal stuff is so plainly racist since it this voting this way probably included large numbers of black voters. They did the right thing by using mail ballots to cast their votes safely, seeing that Trump and many of his supporters do not seem to care about Covid.

POTUS must like to lose! He keeps filing baseless lawsuits trying to undermine democracy and loses every time. I thought his legacy couldn’t be more embarrassing. What a loser! realDonaldTrump loser Good. 👏👏👏👏 'The court criticized plaintiffs for filing the suit more than a year after universal mail-in voting was established in the state and said they lacked 'due diligence.'' It looks like they tried to change the rules in the middle of the game. 🙄

AYO Trump supporters! Tired of all this winning, yet? might want to look into no-excuse mail voting because ewarren and the Democrats formed a committee that looked into mailinballots and how it affected voter fraud. The findings were the mail in ballots are highly susceptible to widespread VoterFraud but NBC knows this

Awe! Trumpy LOST Again! It’s not a Good Day at the W.H.! Republicans: America is Great! Republicans about our voting system: This is backwards country Surprise, Trump suckers! Once again it's proven that he's been lying to you about all of the 'voter fraud' BS - by the media, newspapers, Trump's own DHS election security team, GOP Governors & US Senators. But you just keep chugging the Kool Aid, don't you? How very sad. Cult.

What the Supreme Court has done is escape having to rule on the truth that what happened was illegal so instead they tried to pull a fast one and said the filing of this was to late .how lame can you get , these are judges suppose to uphold the law not try to skirt the law. A complaint that would have never been filed had Trump won. Just throw 6.9MM votes out

Millions of produced fake votes! How can republicans hold all these L’s 'At the time this action was filed on 11/21/10, millions of PA voters had already expressed their will in both the June 2020 Primary Election and the November 2020 General Election and the final ballots in the 2020 General Election...' PA Sup. Ct.

Convenient that they have an issue after their guy lost because of mail in voting. As the court said, it is far too late to challenge this now. Suck it up losers. It's unfortunate that they dismissed this lawsuit instead of ruling on the merits. Because given the complete LACK of merit to Mike Kelly's case, a ruling on the merits would've made for a stunning rebuke of the Republican Party's anti-democracy agenda.

'...advocated the extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million votes and instead 'direct the General Assembly to choose PA's electors.'' -- have you ever in your life seen such a vile group of people so overtly trying to slime their way to a victory? Oh, so a fraudulent vote just overrided my vote? those judges are morons.

So much winning...oops not for DiaperDonald Plus wasn’t this a bipartisan law that passed? And doesn’t it make a lot of sense in the midst of a pandemic? Even if they’d sued right away, it had no merit! Stupid wast of time & money. Another way the GOP tried to cheat & lost! Horseshit. SCOTUS up next I can’t believe that we are STILL talking about this like just let it GO

It was just a bunch of Fascist Trumper Turds trying thinking they are the law and only those freaky Trumper Turd votes matter. They lost. Will lose from now on because the machines have been rigged by them for a long time. Now everyone will vote by mail. There through. Are we supposed to be surprised... It’s only his base that can’t think past this morons thoughts... They say they’re NOT “sheep”... If that’s the case we invite you to please provide proof to these claims, mind you there aren’t any which is why it’s being dismissed 🤦🏼‍♂️ facts

Another bites the dust... But.... but... wait!!! Disenfranchising millions of voters was exactly what they wanted to do! It's the only way they can win! Now what? 😂😂😂 Biden must concede. The evidence is strong. Behold, the kraken. Mike Kelly go on with you now... you lost ... and it's sad you are trying to overturn democracy. This could happen to the GOP party down the road... be careful what you elect in and revere.... we were never fooled by Trump. He was vile before he was elected.

The F'ed up part IS that it was a law LOBBIED for and PASSED BY Republicans! If this new Fascist GOP Crime syndicate isn't destroyed by all this than this country is truly ruined. What a horrible bunch of people trying to control our lives. Biden must concede. The evidence is strong and so many involved.

That just goes to show you Trump Giuliani and Powell and Ellis and all their shenanigans are not going to work Thank you Pennsylvania supreme Court Waste of time. Basically the GOP only challenged the law because trump loss PA. If he had won the state, then cool. I have a Melania joke but you probably heard Michelle say it first. Follow me Michelleobama

jorie_graham JeanSanPach MikeKellyPA we have noted your opposition to democracy. Thank you for re-exposing yourself. Kiss goodbye to your career as a politician. The people will not forget. Oh what a surprise... 5 left leaning judges say there should be oversight without the scrutinizes actually being required to see anything. Trump still won, we will stop the steal.

You mean telling millions, this is how you can vote & then pulling the rug from underneath them & saying 'psych' isn't American? Well... It's How president realDonaldTrump would like to see America, so sorry Donald, the people spoke, get out of our house! Pennsylvania You don't get to declare a law YOU voted for unconstitutional just because it failed to favor you.

Meh Has anyone explained how the state sent out 1.8 million ballots, and 2.5 million were counted? BidenCheated Normal and expected by Trump's attorneys. Now into the Supreme Court.. Thank you Corrupt PA Supreme Court rejects the election challenge for sending it to the Supreme Court! Biden must concede ConcedeBiden TRUMP WON THE ELECTION Trump2020 Biden team scrambling, corrupt media focused on misdirection to cover up FACTS! joebiden JoeBidenIsNotPresidentElect

Ricka168 SEO link building, backlinks service 1 more loss at trying to steal the election by realDonaldTrump team In 1983 Billy Martin noticed George Brett had illegal pine tar on his bat, but said nothing, until after Brett hit a game-winning home run. These guys were trying to claim a law passed in 2019 was unconstitutional, but didn't complain for a year, until after losing an election.

MikeKellyPA realDonaldTrump you guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Embarrassing. im really impressed with this 4d chess hes playing So they claim there is a statute of limitations on Unconstitutionality? Dismissed another moronic hearsay FAKE LAWSUIT... realDonaldTrump is a Crime Boss While! American People Suffer Republicans Laugh and Won't help only too line their pocket with Americans Money Just too Lie I Suffer! From PTSD

Dismissed 'With Prejudice' because it was filed requesting to stop certification AFTER the state certified and electors had been chosen! The Trump team has a worse record than the NY Jets and the Jets are 0-10! The QB should take a knee after calling all those stupid audibles! Yawn,, why is anyone still debating the result. Hey morons of America,, trump lost. Get the fuk over it 🖕🤣😂

WonderWoman934 And he should be sanctioned for filing it. i'd disagree. lets see what scotus says SCOTUS is next. Doubt they will even hear It. If they do, they will reject it. No matter who Trump put on the Court, they fear history. They were excited. Did you see the ballon pop yet! Disenfranchise who exactly?

MikeKellyPA Americans are lined up all along I-76, with their butts in the air, waiting for you to kiss their rear ends. A Republican interfering with states' rights. My how far they've fallen... Or Pennsylvania! 😂 LOSER realDonaldTrump DiaperDon TrumpTantrum \\];/\\[]/;\\[;/ But wait, Rudy has a new witness....

Trump Lies keep catching up with him.. He can't lie out of this one... In 2020, Republicans may have filed more lawsuits to challenge an incumbent president's loss than all such lawsuits in the history. And, so far, all of them except one have been dismissed, some even by judges nominated by the president. It's like a 40 to 1 loss. Democracy lives!

Trump won. Biden cheated Hey dumb people that do not have a clue- some states changed their voting laws in a few months with nothing but chaos and that led to lots of cheating if you don’t think so then let it play out in the courts!!!! 306232 These states are so corrupt send this to SCOTUS!!! A must-read for every Democrat who wants: a clean and honest election for our beloved America! An analysis by a Democrat! There are 12 tweets plus 1 ending!◇◇◇ By Rick Hanson on his timeline: visionfarm

For the record: the elections in america are far from ending: Oh yeah! Pennsylvania Supreme Court did good. GOP won't take away 2.5 million guns but willing to take away 2.5 million votes. The defeats in these cases is reassuring, but I fear Republican legislatures throughout the country are going to pass laws making it tougher to vote going forward. 😳

😀 On to the US Supreme Court Trump had the election rigged for himself he thought 73 million votes would do it but what he didn’t count on is so many voters80 million actually showed up to vote for Joe Biden and now Trump is crying fraud. It’s time to congratulate Joe Biden as the next president So much winning

sounds like the court is focusing on the number of votes instead of whether it's constitutional, even though it said nothing was unconstitutional The 5 stages of grief are: 1. Denial. ——Magas are here 2. Anger. ——Moving here after EC certification 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance —— will be force here Jan 20 at noon.

Trump’s theory is that if GOP could have just gotten it to the point that only voters who would have been allowed to vote 4 him, Trump would have won handily. But that wasn’t reality & 80 mil (a majority) said “no more” 2 Trump & his incompetence, meanness & juvenile behavior Well the aces will have to come out shortly

Why don't they just quit the election is over Biden is the winner.