Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Overturns Ruling In Election Observer Case
On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Court reversed the decision that required election observers to be within six feet of the ballot counting process.
The court sided with the state law that only requires observed to be allowed “in the room” where ballot counting operations are taking place and does not mandate a minimum distance, NBC News reported.
The ruling came at a 5-2 majority opinion that also agreed that the Philadelphia Board of Elections “did not act contrary to the law in fashioning its regulations governing the positioning of candidate representatives.”
“Critically, we find the board’s regulations … were reasonable,” Justice Debra Todd wrote.
On November 5, Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon favored the Trump campaign’s argument by reducing the 25-foot distance from which “candidates, watchers or candidate representatives” could watch vote counting, but the state’s Supreme Court now reverses that ruling.
The higher court’s decision also challenged the Trump campaign’s argument that his voters were illegally prevented from watching the tabulation operation and therefore, helped Joe Biden win the election.
A federal suit is still pending with the same claims that seek to dispute the election results, but the plaintiffs no longer request the court to throw out ballots on behalf of their claims in the Keystone state, the Post reports.