AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court should settle role of state courts in modifying otherwise-clear election statutes

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TOPEKA – (November 9, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated the federal Constitution when it claimed authority to extend the deadline for ballots to be received by election officials despite a state statute that plainly requires ballots to be returned by Election Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today told the U.S. Supreme Court.“[M]any courts, both before and during the pandemic, have upheld Election Day receipt deadlines—and COVID-19 does not make these laws unconstitutional,” Schmidt wrote in a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Pennsylvania court’s ruling. “Regardless of the virus and the policy choice of how election laws should be changed due to recent circumstances, balancing interests in counting...

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AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court should settle role of state courts in modifying otherwise-clear election statutes

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