Morning Greatness: Alito Moves Pennsylvania Challenge Deadline Ahead of Safe Harbor Provision

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president has lunch with the vice president.


Listen to:


Two minutes of hate:

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has ordered Pennsylvania officials to respond to an election legal challenge one day earlier than initially ordered. Alito’s move will force the state to respond to suit prior to the safe harbor provision deadline.

The difference of just a day is significant, given that the previous deadline of Wednesday fell one day after what is known as the “safe harbor date,” the federal cutoff date for states to resolve any remaining election disputes and lock in their slate of electors for the Dec. 14 Electoral College vote.

The suit was brought by Rep. Mike Kelly who wants to toss out all the mail-in ballots because using a “no excuse” mail ballot in Pennsylvania is unconstitutional according to the state constitution. Although the law was passed to do so, the change requires the Pennsylvania constitution be amended and the amendment process was never completed. The legal challenge makes this point.

What does this mean?

“I would not read too much into this,” said Richard L. Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California-Irvine, in a post on his blog Sunday. “It shows more respect to the petitioners [Kelly], and does not make it look like the court is simply running out the clock on the petition. I still think the chances the court grants any relief on this particular petition are virtually zero.”

Fox News writes:

Kelly, a Republican from Butler, Pa., wants the courts to rule that more than 2.5 million mail-in ballots are tossed, which would all but secure a victory for President Trump in the Keystone State because a vote would be taken in the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature.

Here’s some more information on this issue from Bill Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.

Over in Georgia, DeKalb County cannot find the chain of custody documents for the ballots deposited in ballot boxes. Golly gee that’s strange.

DeKalb County responded to an Open Records Request from The Georgia Star News to produce the ballot transfer forms that formed the critical chain of custody link in the absentee ballots deposited in the near 300 drop boxes in the state and transported to county election offices in a letter received on Friday that said the county did not know if such records exist.

Assistant County Attorney at DeKalb County Dexter Q. Bond, Jr., replied in response to the request , “it has not yet been determined if responsive records to your request exist.” Georgia law requires  “the ballots from the drop box shall be immediately transported to the county registrar and processed and stored in the same manner as absentee ballots returned by mail are processed and stored. The county registrar or a designee thereof shall sign the ballot transfer form upon receipt of the ballots from the collection team.”


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Protests/riots/Black Lives Matter/crime:
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

Photo: US President Donald Trump raises his fist at the end of a rally to support Republican Senate candidates at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia on December 5, 2020. - President Donald Trump ventures out of Washington on Saturday for his first political appearance since his election defeat to Joe Biden, campaigning in Georgia where two run-off races will decide the fate of the US Senate. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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