Posted 57 days ago
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and congressional candidate Sean Parnell are asking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to enjoin or stop this weekend’s decision of the state Supreme Court on no-excuse mail-in ballots.
Kelly and Parnell want the full U.S. Supreme Court to hold a hearing on their appeal.
On Saturday night, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Kelly and Parnell were too late to claim that no-excuse mail-in voting was unconstitutional when so many people relied on it in this recent election.
Republicans Kelly and Parnell claim that Act 77, passed a year ago by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to allow no-excuse mail-in voting, violates the state Constitution.
That’s a state issue, but Kelly and Parnell assert federal issues of due process to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal.
“While we believe that Act 77 is certainly a state issue, we so believe that there are very important federal questions nested within it,” Parnell told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Monday.
“So what we’re doing is we’re looking to appeal to the Supreme Court on those federal questions.”
It takes four of the nine Justices for an appeal like this one to get even a hearing.
“It’s hard to get a case before the Supreme Court, but I think we’ve got a good shot,” said Parnell....(Read more)