OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday he plans to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging Pennsylvania's decision on the receipt deadline for absentee ballots.
The brief argues state legislatures must choose the point to stop receiving absentee ballots and start counting votes, not state courts. Hunter said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court improperly repealed the state legislature's deadline.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted in a legislative capacity when it changed the election rules. Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution is clear – it is the duty of the legislative branch of each state that determines election rules. State election deadlines give the public the ability to quickly know the results of the election and promotes confidence in those results. Changing the rules of the election right before voting starts robs the state of being able to set its own election laws and causes confusion among voters. We encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to review this case without delay.
The brief will be publicly available soon on the attorney general's website.
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