Last Updated on November 9, 2020
One of the legal points that is complicating the 2020 General Election is whether or not election authorities in the states had the right to unilaterally change the voting deadlines in their states without passing legislation to do so. Now two more State Attorney Generals have lent their names to the litigation.
Attorneys general in Missouri and Kentucky have added their names to a Republican lawsuit challenging the nail-in ballot deadline in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit is currently before the US Supreme Court.
Additionally, Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, has announced he is taking a leave of absence from his position to work with President Trump’s legal team as his campaign challenges election results in key battleground states.
A spokesman for Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, said Schmitt will add his name to an amicus brief in a lawsuit brought to the High Court by the Pennsylvania Republican Party. The lawsuit challenges the State’s Supreme Court decision to allow for a three-day extension to the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day.
Missouri AG Schmitt led a coalition of 10 state AGs in filing an amicus brief in the case Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, asking SCOTUS to reverse a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on mail-in ballots.
Read the full brief here: https://t.co/K9Oab832qE
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) November 9, 2020
An amicus brief is a supporting legal document – tantamount to the weight of an expert witness, which can be filed by a non-litigating party in a given case.
Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General, is also joining the court filing.
Louisiana’s Attorney General, Jeff Landry – the head of the Republican Association of Attorneys General, said in a series of tweets that the legal process needs to be allowed to play out before a victor can be decided in the 2020 presidential election.
“No outlet or campaign should rush to calling the 2020 race until every LEGALLY cast vote is counted,” he tweeted, adding, “While the mainstream media and big tech want to immediately declare a winner, the American people have and can again wait a couple days or weeks more to guarantee the legitimacy of this election.”
#Kentucky #AttorneyGeneral #DanielCameron is joining the #Republican #Attorneys General Association to bring legal action against the process of counting mail-in ballots in #Pennsylvania.
— Evita (@EvitaEsq) November 9, 2020
Not since the questions surrounding the election of John F. Kennedy and the shadowy role Chicago politics played in that contest has there been allegations of such widespread fraud brought to litigation.