PA Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Ballot Tampering Claims
Donald Trump keeps claiming he won the election while desperately trying to prove Joe Biden cheated to win it. By the end of last week, nine separate courts had rejected his campaign’s claims of election tampering and voter fraud, throwing out requests for recounts and other fraudulent claims. Perhaps the hardest pill for Team Trump to swallow was the loss in Pennsylvania, where they had defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by a narrow margin of 48.2% of the vote to Clinton’s 47.5%.
The Trump campaign suffered another blow on Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected their claim that Philadelphia violated state election law in the way it handled observers at a city ballot counting center. According to NBC News, President-elect Joe Biden won the state by more than 74,000 votes.
The ruling is likely to undercut the Trump campaign’s case in federal court, where Rudy Giuliani joined a hearing Tuesday to argue on behalf of President Donald Trump’s effort to contest the election results in Pennsylvania, baselessly alleging “widespread national voter fraud.”
Giuliani claimed that one of the main problems in Pennsylvania is that Republican election observers weren’t allowed to get close enough to the vote-counting tables in Philadelphia to get any meaningful idea of what was going on. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, said all state law requires is that observers must be allowed “in the room” where ballots are counted. The law does not set a minimum distance between them and the counting tables.
Breaking: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Republicans lacked access to Philadelphia's vote count proceedings. The ruling was 5-2 against the campaign.https://t.co/tdNwajyk0Q
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2020
The ruling says the legislature left it up to county election boards to make these decisions. And in the case of Philadelphia, the local board “fashioned these rules based on its careful consideration of how it could best protect the security and privacy of voters’ ballots, as well as safeguard its employees and others who would be present during a pandemic.”
Despite the ruling, Trump continues to claim the election was rigged, exasperating even the most temperate of personalities.
Donald, please move to Canada! https://t.co/vwchNl2lJo
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) November 17, 2020