HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania appeals court judge ordered state officials on Wednesday to halt any further steps toward certifying election results.
The ruling comes a day after Gov. Tom Wolf said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled Dec. 14 meeting of the state’s 20 electors.
"To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so," pending an evidentiary hearing, according to the judge's order.
Wolf’s administration quickly asked the state Supreme Court to block the ruling from taking effect, saying there was no "conceivable justification" for it.
The evidentiary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Friday morning, was continued due to the administration's appeal.
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and others are challenging approximately 2.5 million mail-in ballots that were predominantly cast by Democrats. The people challenging the ballots filed a supplemental application for emergency relief shortly before midnight Tuesday.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a Twitter post the judge's order does not impact Tuesday's appointment of electors.