A state court in Pennsylvania on Friday deemed the state’s landmark election law unconstitutional, dealing a temporary blow to voting access in one of the nation’s most important battleground states. family.
The bill, known as Proposition 77, was signed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed in 2019 by Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat. reason, create permanent mailing list of voters, reduce voter count. registration period from 30 days to 15 days and provided with $90 million to upgrade voting infrastructure. It also eliminates the straight ticketing vote.
Comments from Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt, a Republican, sided with 14 Republican lawmakers who sued last year, arguing that the law was unconstitutional and that the legislature could not change the law. vote without amending the constitution.
The bipartisan law was hailed by both sides when it was passed, but it became a target of conservatives in the 2020 election, as former President Donald J. Trump didn’t lie and lied about dropping out. ballot by mail. Eleven of the 14 lawmakers who sued to kill the law voted for it in 2019.
Democrats said they were not surprised that the Commonwealth Court, which they say favors Republicans, ruled against the law and they pledged to appeal to the state’s Supreme Court, which has ruled. sided with the state on voting issues both during and after the 2020 election.
“This is just another continuation of the assault and sabotage of our electoral process,” said State Senator Jay Costa, the Democratic minority leader. He added that the appeal will be filed by the end of the day. “Act 77 will eventually be deemed constitutional.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/us/politics/pennsylvania-mail-voting-law-unconstitutional.html Pennsylvania Court Says State Vote-by-Mail Law Unconstitutional