Judge dis­miss­es Penn­syl­va­nia GOP law­mak­ers’ law­suit chal­leng­ing vot­er access ini­tia­tives

Judge dismisses Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers’ lawsuit challenging voter access initiatives

A fed­er­al court on Tues­day threw out a law­suit filed by a group of Repub­li­can law­mak­ers claim­ing that the gov­er­nor and Pres­i­dent Joe Biden skirt­ed the legislature’s author­i­ty to expand vot­er access in Penn­syl­va­nia.
In Jan­u­ary, state Repub­li­cans filed the suit against Gov. Josh Shapiro (D‑PA), Biden, and state elec­tion offi­cials, claim­ing that their attempts to increase vot­er access required leg­isla­tive approval, which they did not get, the Penn­syl­va­nia Cap­i­tal Star report­ed. But on Tues­day, a U.S. dis­trict judge dis­missed the suit, claim­ing that the law­suit had no legal stand­ing, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­at­ed Press.
The law­suit chal­lenged Biden’s 2021 exec­u­tive order that prompt­ed fed­er­al agen­cies to con­sid­er steps to pro­mote vot­er access. The exec­u­tive order vio­lates a …