As Republicans across the country step up efforts to investigate credible allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, a group of ten Republican attorneys general have filed an “ amicus brief ” with the State Supreme Court -United in a case challenging the legality of late mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.
The MAs of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas filed Pennsylvania Republican Party v. Boockvar, challenging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in late October to allow ballots arriving after election day to be counted – despite, as The Federalist Notes – state laws prescribing otherwise.
“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our Republic and that’s one of the reasons the United States is the envy of the world, ”Missouri AG Eric Schmitt said at a press conference Monday. “We must ensure that every legal vote cast is counted as every illegal vote cast is not counted.”
Associate Judge Samuel Alito Jr. has already granted the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s request and temporarily ordered all counties to separate mail-in ballots. which arrived after 8 p.m. on other polling day, but the lawsuit is still pending petition to the highest court.
Lawyers hope that by presenting themselves as “friends of the court” and showing a “strong interest” in the ramifications of the potential Supreme Court ruling, SCOTUS might be more willing to take up the case. –The Federalist
“The actions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are one of the most astounding abuses of judicial authority that I have seen in my four plus years as attorney general,” said Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter .
The plaintiffs argue that the PA Supreme Court overstepped its authority and violated the election clauses of the Constitution which give state legislatures, not the courts, the power and “unique role” of deciding various electoral procedures.
“Our system of federalism is based on the separation of powers to preserve freedom at all levels of government, and the separation of powers in electoral clauses is no exception to this principle”, we read in the amicus brief.
They also believe the Pennsylvania court ruling expanded the potential for voter fraud. The move, state attorneys general say, may have affected the weight of votes in states outside of Pennsylvania, in direct violation of previous court decisions that every vote should be “fairly counted without being distorted by any vote. votes cast fraudulently.
“Whatever the outcome of the elections, only legal ballots should be counted”, continues the brief, citing Anderson v. United States from 1974. –The Federalist
“We as attorneys general and we, as chief legal officers of our state, have a responsibility to fight against this type of abuse of judicial power, because the precedent this decision sets can affect the outcome of the elections, not only in Pennsylvania, but also in national elections. Oklahoma AG Hunter said.
Things are heating up when it comes to investigating the integrity of the election. On Monday, Attorney General William Barr allowed DOJ officials to open investigations into potential irregularities – a move that led to the swift departure of the agency’s lead electoral fraud investigator, Richard Pilger.
Shortly after meeting Barr on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered a speech claiming that the president Trump is “100% in his rights” to challenge election results.
Democrats – who notably changed their language from ‘there was no electoral fraud’ to ‘there was no widespread electoral fraud ”now claim that the DOJ could try to change the election results by investigating.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, acts as if the election is settled. In addition to insisting that Trump concedes, Biden is expected to appoint a chief of staff as early as this week.
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