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Judge rules in Kelly's favor, vote certification halted

November 25, 2020 News Extra

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U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly's lawsuit to halt the certification of votes in Pennsylvania has been supported by a state appeals court judge.

Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, on Wednesday ordered counties to halt the certification process regarding votes in the 2020 presidential race.

She said the halt of certifying votes is pending an evidentiary hearing at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Kelly filed the lawsuit on Saturday almost simultaneously with a federal judge's dismissal of a case filed by the Trump campaign and two lawyers to stop the certification of Pennsylvania's ballots.

Federal Judge Matthew Brann, a Republican, called the Trump lawsuit “strained legal arguments without merit” and accusations that were not backed by any evidence.

Kelly's lawsuit challenges about 2.5 million mail-in ballots that were predominantly cast by Democrats.

The suit claims the GOP-controlled state Legislature had failed to follow proper procedure when they voted last year to expand mail-in voting.

The state Supreme Court has twice this month overturned Commonwealth Court decisions involving Republican election challenges.

McCullough's ruling also orders Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of State to file an answer to the ruling by 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

This is a breaking news report — read more in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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