Pennsylvania Judge Patricia McCullough has ruled that the state must halt further action on certification of the 2020 election results and set a hearing for Friday.
The order comes as Pennsylvania voters, including Republican Mike Kelly, have complained about no-excuse absentee voting potentially violating the state’s constitution.
“To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election … for the office of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing”, the ruling said on Wednesday.
“Big news!”, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter following the announcement. Earlier, in a phone call to the public hearings in Pennsylvania, the US president said that he has all evidence required to reclaim election victory and just needs a neutral judge to listen properly to his arguments.
“We have to turn the election over. There is no doubt we have all the evidence, we have all the affidavits, we have everything”, Trump said. “All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly without having a political opinion or another kind of a problem.”
At the same time, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the decision by the state court does not impact the certification of the results, which was done on Tuesday.
The Trump administration has formally greenlighted the process of power transfer to Joe Biden after the General Services Administrator (GSA) notified the former vice president that the transition could officially begin. So far, at least four US states have officially certified Biden as their winner, these include Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia.
At the same time, the incumbent US president will not concede to what he says is “election fraud” and has vowed to continue his legal battle to ensure all ballots cast in this presidential election are legitimate.