La legge, conosciuto come Act 77
, was enacted in late
2019 with strong bipartisan support
. Ma in settembre
, more than a dozen Republicans in the state House
— most of whom voted for the law
— filed suit
, asserting that the changes made to absentee voting were unconstitutional and should have been pursued through a constitutional amendment placed before voters
Wanda Murren, communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told CNN in an email statement that the state is working on an appeal to the state Supreme Court and “disagrees with today’s ruling.”
Il procuratore generale della Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who is running for governor this fall, slammed the decision, dicendo che lo era “based on twisted logic and faulty reasoning and is wrong on the law.”
“It will be immediately appealed and therefore won’t have any immediate impact on Pennsylvania’s upcoming elections. The issue will now go before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and we are confident that Act 77 will ultimately be upheld as constitutional,” Shapiro said in a statement.
La Corte Suprema dello Stato, where Democrats have a majority, has backed state’s expanded use of no-excuse absentee voting in previous rulings.
Più di 2.6 million people cast mail or absentee ballots in the
2020 elezioni generali, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State
, out of a total of some
6.9 million counted ballots
Republicans overwhelmingly supported the expansion of mail-in voting in
2019 but then began attacking the process following President Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in
2020. The Trump campaign attempted to invalidate thousands of Pennsylvania ballots by filing several lawsuits
, all of which were unsuccessful
Trump praised Friday’s decision, dicendo in una dichiarazione che “great patriotic spirit is developing at a level nobody thought possible.”
State Senate President Tempore Jake Corman
, a GOP gubernatorial candidate this year who voted for the
2019 mail-in voting expansion
, said the ruling
“should serve as a call to action to open up a serious conversation about the reforms necessary to make voting both accessible and secure for all Pennsylvanians.
He said in a statement that he plans to introduce legislation that will include components such as “voter ID, elimination of straight party voting, an end to drop-boxes, a ban on outside money, and a provision for independent audits of elections by third parties.”
“My plan will expand access, increase integrity, and prevent fraud and give Pennsylvanians an election system they can believe in,” Ha aggiunto.