Pennsylvania Judge Patricia McCullough on Wednesday issued an injunction blocking any potential further certification of election results in the state, pending an “evidentiary” hearing to be held Friday over alleged voting violations.
The order from McCullough comes in the case brought by Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., in which he alleges that a state law allowing for no-excuse absentee voting violated the Pennsylvania constitution, which outlines specific cases where absentee voting is allowed.
“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election … for the office of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing[,]’” McCullough wrote.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro quickly responded on Twitter, pointing out that this does not have much impact since the results of the presidential election have already been certified and electors chosen. Shapiro added that his office will still appeal the decision.
This order does not impact yesterday’s appointment of electors. We will be filing an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court momentarily. https://t.co/wRzFwPvJIO
— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) November 25, 2020
While the presidential election results in Pennsylvania have already been certified, the Trump campaign is still actively trying to overturn the election, hoping for decertification as they appeal the dismissal of a case they brought alleging that voters were improperly granted the ability to cure invalid absentee votes, and in which they alleged that more than 680,000 ballots were counted without proper observation.