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MO, KY AGs join lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

A voter prepares to drop off a ballot at a drop box outside Philadelphia City Hall on May 28, 2020. In a tie vote Monday the Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania GOP appeal regarding mail ballots. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
November 09, 2020

Missouri and Kentucky attorneys general joined a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania mail-in ballots before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he intends to add his name to an amicus brief — a legal document that can be filed by a non-party in a case. The lawsuit being brought by the Pennsylvania Republican Party challenged the state’s Supreme Court decision to extend the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots by three days, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

According to the Courier-Journal, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron also said he will join the amicus brief, adding attorneys general from Louisiana, Georgia, and Missouri, who plan to have a virtual conference Monday on the election-related legal action.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, head of the Republican Association of Attorneys General, posted on Twitter Saturday echoing other top Republicans’ comments that the media should let the legal process play out before declaring a winner of the 2020 presidential race.

“No outlet or campaign should rush to calling the 2020 race until every LEGALLY cast vote is counted,” Landry wrote, 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.”

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“The strength of our democratic republic is at stake. Exercising a little patience is worth the preservation of our Nation,” Landry tweeted.

Democrat candidate for president Joe Biden was declared the president-elect by multiple media outlets over the weekend, despite lacking legally-binding electoral votes.

President Donald Trump claimed voter fraud and called the media’s declaration of a victor premature in the midst of numerous legal challenges.

“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in a statement. “Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.”

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media,” Trump added.

Biden followed the media’s lead and claimed victory in the contentious presidential race, even changing his Twitter handle to include “president-elect.”

Biden’s declaration of victory prompted a response from President Trump, who said, “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: They don’t want the truth to be exposed.”