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Ohio AG Files Brief Backing Trump Election Lawsuit

Nov 10, 2020

Ohio Attorney General David Yost
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Ohio’s Republican attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling extending the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned.

That case is among the legal actions that President Trump’s team has taken after the election, which has been called for Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

The Republican Attorneys General Association says in its suit that Pennsylvania’s Democratic Supreme Court should not have allowed absentee ballots to be accepted after election day, since state law required those ballots to be in by election day.

“I’m bothered by that philosophically because I don’t think judges should sit as a super legislature.”

Ohio’s Dave Yost is among 10 AGs who filed briefs supporting their colleagues. Yost says this won’t have an impact this year but could be important in the future. A few thousand Pennsylvania ballots received after election day are being set aside while the court battle goes on. Biden leads Trump by more than 47,000 votes. The US Supreme Court refused to block the Pennsylvania court’s order a few weeks ago, but some conservative justices said they could revisit the issue after the election.