A Pennsylvania judge ruled that the state secretary of state did not have the power to change the deadline for identification of ballots on short notice.
Secretary of State of Pennsylvania illegally extended deadline
Judge Mary Leavitt ruled in favor of the Trump campaign on Thursday and ordered that ballot papers may not be counted if the voters concerned did not provide appropriate ID by November 9.
Two days before election day, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidelines informing voters that they had until November 12th. This was an additional three days from the deadline given earlier and six days after the deadline for accepting the ballot papers.
“The court concludes that the interviewed Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, had no legal authority to issue the November 1, 2020 guidelines for the polled county's electoral boards if those guidelines provided for a change in the deadline … for certain voters to check their identity, "the judge decided.
"Accordingly, the court hereby orders that the constituencies of the districts surveyed are excluded from the counting of ballot papers that have been separated in accordance with paragraph 1 of the decision of the Court of Justice of November 5, 2020, whereby a special injunction is issued," the judgment said continue.
Separate ballot papers from judges orders should * not * be counted. It regulates that the State Secretary of the PA "had no legal authority" to override the electoral law. What matters is that the state has a republican legislature. # SCOTUS can ultimately decide the case. pic.twitter.com/2VO6mkl66M
– Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 12, 2020
Further court decisions will follow – PA can determine the election
This is followed by an earlier order by the court that ballot papers on which Pennsyvlania voters provided proof of identity between November 10 and 12 must be separated after the original deadline and not counted with other voters.
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The Trump campaign is still awaiting SCOTUS 'verdict on whether or not the Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted properly as it extended the deadline for accepting postal votes by three days.
The decisions follow a number of irregularities that were brought to light prior to the Pennsylvania elections. Nine military votes were rejected in Lucerne County in September, of which seven have been confirmed to have been cast for President Trump.
. @ JudicialWatch President @ TomFitton on # 2020 Pick: "There are significant fraud concerns in Pennsylvania."
Read more at https://t.co/vjRyMgs6J8 pic.twitter.com/XHM7LgCZRm
– Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) November 12, 2020
And in October Judge Everett Bickford was charged with tampering with the ballot papers for a Democratic primary race for state officials earlier this year.
The decisions in Pennsylvania could influence the election itself – of any state currently currently having electoral disputes, recounts, and legal proceedings, Pennsylvania has the largest number of electoral college votes given to the eventual victorious candidate.