Pennsylvania Supreme Court Stops Trump Campaign Attempt to Throw Mail-in Ballots
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled On Monday Philadelphia and Allegheny counties must count thousands of mail-in ballots that had been contested due to minor errors, dealing a blow to the Trump campaign and GOP challengers who contested the ballots and nullifying one of the GOP’s only post-election legal victories, although the ruling will not impact the outcome of the presidential election.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court confirmed 8,329 ballots in Philadelphia County that the Trump campaign had sought to disqualify for minor errors such as a voter not including their address or date on the outer envelope of the ballot , asserting a lower court decision who also confirmed the ballots.
The court also confirmed 2,349 ballots in Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, which were challenged by a GOP candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate because they were signed but not dated.
While mistakes do “[constitute] Technical violations of the electoral code, ”the court wrote in their opinion,“ does not justify the total deprivation of the right to vote of thousands of Pennsylvania voters ”.
Allegheny County’s ballots had previously been rejected by a lower court, but will now be counted thanks to Monday’s ruling.
Biden leads by over 80,000 voice in the state.
35. This is the number of legal losses the Trump campaign and the GOP have now suffered in their post-election litigation, according to to a count by the lawyer of the Democratic Party Marc Elias. The courts have pronounced only three wins to the Trump campaign or to GOP complainants, two of whom have now been reversed.
Pennsylvania has been at the center of the Trump campaign’s post-election litigation efforts, as the campaign has targeted postal voting rules, vote counting to treat and tried to prevent the state from certifying the results. Monday’s decision came the same day Pennsylvania counties were required to certify their vote counts, and while Allegheny County approved its results even without the disputed ballots, the ruling paves the way for Philadelphia to certify his count at 7 p.m. Monday.
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There are still outstanding legal challenges in Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court of the United States has yet to determine whether mail-in ballots arriving after polling day during the extended state ballot receipt period can be counted, and these ballots are currently separate and were not included in the count of ballots. voice. The Trump campaign and others GOP Challengers are also appealing to a federal court to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying its election results after a district court judge dismissed their arguments as “baseless” and “unsupported by evidence” in a scathing decision Saturday.