By Duncan Smith
The Trump campaign and state Republicans have not had much luck in getting courts to agree with their claims that widespread vote fraud and other irregularities occurred during this election cycle.
Except in one state: Pennsylvania.
They caught another break on Friday.
The judge who ordered Pennsylvania to not certify the results of the 2020 election wrote in an opinion on Friday that the Republicans who filed the related lawsuit will likely win the case.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough made the assessment as part of an opinion explaining her rationale for blocking Pennsylvania's election certification.
A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates sued the Keystone State earlier this week, arguing that the state legislature's mail-in voting law—Act 77—violated the commonwealth's constitution.
'Petitioners appear to have established a likelihood to succeed on the merits because petitioners have asserted the Constitution does not provide a mechanism for the legislature to allow for expansion of absentee voting without a constitutional amendment,' she wrote.
In ruling on an emergency injunction, judges have to consider whether the party which requested the injunction is likely to win the case or 'succeed on the merits,' the judge noted.
McCullough also opined that the 'petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene' the plain language of the provision of the Pennsylvania Constitution which deals with absentee voting, according to The Epoch Times.
The outlet added:
Pennsylvania said that it had certified the results of the election for president and vice president on Nov. 24 while the court was reviewing briefings from both parties. In response, the plaintiffs filed a request for an emergency injunction, arguing that that state need not have acted so fast.
'It appears that respondents' actions may have been accelerated in response to the application for emergency relief … in an effort to preclude any remedial action by this court faster than this court was able to evaluate the application for emergency relief and the answers to it,' the plaintiffs wrote.
The emergency request underlined that while Pennsylvania completed vote-counting and submitted the signed certification to the U.S. archivist, a number of steps still remain for the formal certification process to be completed.
'While Respondents may have proactively attempted to avoid potential injunctive relief granted by this Court, Respondents duties with regard to finalization of the full election results are far from complete,' the filing states.
State Republicans said Friday they are going to introduce a resolution to dispute the fraudulent results in Pennsylvania.
Why is this important? Because in order to give others the courage they need to do the right thing, someone has to go first sometimes.
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