A court in Pennsylvania court has struck down a key law allowing for mail-in-voting throughout the state.
As Just the News reports:
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Friday found the state’s mail-in voting law unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed by Doug McLinko, vice chairman of the Bradford County Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania. His argument was that he was unable to perform his duties as commissioner and certify the 2020 election because Pennsylvania’s 2019 election reform law is unconstitutional.
McLinko describes the Trump-Biden election after this law as a “mess” and told Just the News, “Our votes were just thrown away.”
In October 2019, Act 77 was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf with support from both parties. The law, described by PennLive “as the most significant change to Pennsylvania’s election laws in more than 80 years,” greatly expands mail-in voting by allowing a citizen to vote by mail without an excuse. It also allocated $90 million to buy new voting machines and ended straight party voting, forcing Pennsylvanians to actively vote for each candidate on the ballot, rather than make one mark to vote for all candidates of a specified party.
While the ruling is likely to be challenged and may ultimately make its way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, if it is upheld it would likely negatively effect Democratic get out the vote efforts in the state going forward.