Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Citing Laches, (Unreasonable Delay) Ends Latest Challenge to Certification of Election Results

This just in: Laches FTW! https://t.co/p7OW62ZXX7— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) November 28, 2020 Update. All Seven Justices agreed that an injunction which would disenfranchise voters would be in appropriate in this case. Per curiam order: http://pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-7862/file-10781.pdf?cb=1f7217… Saylor concurring and dissenting statement: … Continue reading

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Cert. Petition Filed in Supreme Court in Pennsylvania Election Case (Bognet) Proposes Resolution of Independent State Legislature Doctrine After Election Is Over

From the cert petition: This case presents critically important issues about the conduct of federal elections that have split the lower courts. Do State courts and executiveofficials have authority to alter legislatively established election rules, despite the U.S. Constitution’s vesting … Continue reading

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Breaking: Pennsylvania State Judge Temporarily Blocks Certification, to the Extent It is Not Already Complete, of Biden as Winner, and Blocks Certification in Other Races Pending Friday Hearing [Corrected and Updated]

This order comes in a bonkers lawsuit that claims all vote-by-mail in Pennsylvania was illegal, rendering the election for every office a nullity. This won’t stick as the case works its way up the food chain. Update: And now the … Continue reading

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Trump Campaign Continues to Assert, Even After Pennsylvania Certified Its Presidential Election Results for Biden, That a Federal Court Could Nullify That and Let PA’s Legislature Choose Trump

From a footnote in this letter from the Trump campaign purportedly about Rudy’s availability to offer oral argument in the 3rd Circuit (one of a series of 5 footnotes seeking to improperly argue the merits in a filing like this): … Continue reading

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Yesterday the PA Supreme Court Decided a Case That Will Move a State Senate Candidate from a 4-Vote Lead to a 94-Vote Deficit, and The Swing Judicial Vote Agrees with the Candidate’s Position in Future Cases. He’s Asked for Rehearing

This is a crazy situation (via How Appealing): The Republican challenger in the 45th Senatorial District that includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its Monday order allowing undated mail-in ballots to … Continue reading

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“Pennsylvania certifies its presidential election results, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s top elections official certified the state’s presidential election results on Tuesday, officially declaring Joe Biden the winner and paving the way for him to receive the state’s 20 Electoral College votes next month.Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy … Continue reading

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A Note of Thanks, And a Blog Slowdown, as I Complete My “Cheap Speech” Book Manuscript and Contemplate the Future of the Election Law Blog and Election Reform Work

This election season has been a challenge to American democracy, one that was even more severe than I anticipated in Election Meltdown. That book came out in February, the day of the Iowa caucus debacle, and things declined from there. … Continue reading

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“National security experts call on GOP leaders to rebuke Trump’s election claims”

WaPo: A group of leading GOP national security experts — including former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge — urged congressional Republicans on Monday to demand President Trump concede the election and immediately begin the transition to the incoming Biden administration.“President Trump’s refusal … Continue reading

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