In 2019 the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made a backroom deal with the Democrats and agreed to move the state to mail-in voting. It was a disastrous move. The 2020 election was marked by historic levels of fraud, and to this day major questions have never been resolved regarding who really won.
Ever since the white-hot base of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania has demanded that their elected representatives do the right thing and repeal Act 77, the bill that brought mail-in voting to the state. Ever since the GOP establishment has employed smoke, mirrors, and other parlor tricks to suggest they were taking the demands seriously while actually doing nothing meaningful.
Undeterred Doug McLinko a county commissioner from Bradford County, Pennsylvania decided to take action. He filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Act 77 under the Pennsylvania state constitution.
Today the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, an appellate court with original jurisdiction in cases involving the state government announced its decision in McLinko’s suit. They found Act 77 unconstitutional and declared it null and void.
Mail-in voting in Pennsylvania is dead. The state will now return to in person voting in line with the desires of the vast majority of Pennsylvanians and the law.
The decision of the court is clear. What happens next is not. A great many questions remain.
What will be the reaction of the GOP establishment to the decision? How will elected representatives that claim to stand for the rule of law and the sanctity of the ballot box explain that they voted for a bill that was shown to be unconstitutional on its face?
What does the court’s decision mean for the results of the 2020 election? The Commonwealth Court did not address that question, but it must be answered. If Pennsylvania held an election pursuant to a law that was in violation of the state constitution how can that election’s results stand? Isn’t the state legislature compelled now to act to decertify the results of the 2020 election and to demand the recall of the votes cast by Pennsylvania’s electors?
We will see in the coming days and weeks how these questions are answered. Right now, perhaps we only know one thing for sure. One patriot with courage just did what a whole statehouse full of the people’s “representatives” did not have the moral courage to do.
Well done Mr. McLinko.