Judge temporarily blocks Pa. election certification pending GOP lawsuit

Pennsylvania AG says certified results unaffected by latest court action
Ballot counting in Philadelphia
Election workers count ballots at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Nov. 6, 2020 in Philadelphia. Photo credit Chris McGrath/Getty Images
By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge has temporarily blocked the state from certifying its election results, pending the outcome of a hearing involving Republican U.S. House Rep. Mike Kelly’s lawsuit.

The emergency injunction seeks to halt the certification of Pennsylvania’s results, claiming the state’s 1-year-old mail-in ballot law is unconstitutional. The hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.

The state, meanwhile, officially certified election results on Tuesday, declaring the Biden-Harris ticket as the winners.

This latest court action, however, does not affect the certified results. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The Philadelphia Office of the City Commissioners said the city certification is complete and therefore not covered by the judge’s order either.

This lawsuit is one of many that has gone through Pennsylvania’s courts since Election Day, most of which were directly from the Trump camp, alleging unsubstantiated claims of fraud.

This past weekend, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the Trump campaign’s efforts to toss thousands of votes in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties, ruling there were no instances of fraud.