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Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday filed a brief in a GOP appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that contests the state’s election results.
Lawyers for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Rep. Mike Kelly (R‑Pa.), Republican candidate Sean Parnell, and other Republicans are attempting to “undertake one of the most dramatic, disruptive invocations of judicial power in the history of the Republic.”
“No court has ever issued an order nullifying the governor’s certification of presidential election results,” the lawyers added, arguing that it could set a precedent for the “judicial invalidation” of a presidential election. Furthermore, it would create a “loss of public trust in our constitutional order,” the lawyers quoted a Wisconsin court order as saying.
It came about two days after Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito ordered Pennsylvania officials, including Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s office, to respond to Kelly’s challenge a day earlier than previously scheduled, because Tuesday, Dec. 8 is the “safe harbor” deadline for electors.