Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost backed a GOP lawsuit and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that extended a deadline for absentee ballots in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the presidential election.
Yost, a Republican, is going to the nation’s highest court to do away with a ruling that allows officials in the Keystone State to accept absentee ballots within three days after Election Day.
Yost and other state attorneys said the court should overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision, saying that “state legislatures, not state courts, set the rules for picking presidential electors.
“The States need an answer to that question, which is certain to arise again in future elections. And it is important to provide that answer now because, without a ruling from this Court, doubts will continue to linger about whether the vote count in Pennsylvania was performed in conformity with the Constitution,” according to the filing, signed by Ohio Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers as well as Chief Deputy Solicitor General Michael Hendershot.
Pennsylvania’s Republican leaders and state lawmakers, along with President Donald Trump’s campaign, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out Pennsylvania’s ruling and throw out all post-Election Day ballots. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had cited the COVID-19 pandemic for the mail-in ballot date extension.
Trump and his campaign have claimed widespread voter fraud and irregularities in several key states, while the president also has noted that the vote count went up for Democratic candidate Joe Biden after election night in several battleground states. State officials have said it was due to mail-in ballots being counted.
Yost’s filing was connected to the case, Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, referring to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat.
“This constitutional question will come up again in future elections. It is in the best interest of all Ohioans—all of America—to gain a definitive answer, regardless of politics,” Yost stated in a news release accompanying the suit. In all, 10 Republican state attorneys general, including officials from Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma filed the amicus brief.
Yost said that if the ruling is overturned by the Supreme Court, “I don’t know that it will change the outcome” if the votes are discarded.
“The Electoral College meets … and then we will have a president and I will accept the outcome of that process and so should everyone in Ohio,” he added.
The election isn’t certified by media outlets, and state electors and the Electoral College are the bodies that can officially declare a presidential winner. Each state has different deadlines for when officials can certify the election, and the Electoral College meets to vote in their states on Dec. 14. Inauguration Day is Jan. 20, 2021.
While a number of news outlets declared Biden the election winner, The Epoch Times won’t declare a winner until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.