By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Democrat Jim Brewster was sworn in Wednesday after Republicans refused to seat him last week.
A federal judge upheld a state Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that certain mail-in ballots were lawfully counted in Allegheny County, rejecting the claims of a Republican challenger to Brewster of McKeesport.
Judge Nicholas Ranjan, a Trump appointee, rejected Republican Nicole Ziccarelli’s claims that mail-in ballots with undated outer envelopes should not be counted, noting, “The court finds that the Supreme Court expressly held that the undated ballots at issue remain valid ballots that are properly counted under state law.”
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- Constituents In 45th District Without Representation In State Senate Over Heated Election Dispute
- Pa. Sen. Jim Brewster Not Sworn In As State Senate Dissolves Into Chaos Over Contested Election
- Republican State Senate May Refuse To Seat Certified Winner Of Local Race As Legal Battle Continues
- Disputed Pennsylvania State Senate Election May Leave Seat Vacant In January
- State Senate Race Between Jim Brewster And Nicole Ziccarelli May Be Decided In Court
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Certain Mail-In Ballots Without Declaration Dates May Be Counted
- State Senate Race Between Democrat Jim Brewster GOP Challenger Nicole Ziccarelli Tied
After the judge’s decision, Brewster took the Oath of Office Wednesday morning.
Ziccarelli released a statement Tuesday, wishing Brewster well and asking the divided 45th District to come together and support him.