Tensions are heating up in many states.
No one is sure what the end result will be.
But now, Pennsylvania lashes back against the Trump campaign.
Once the results of the presidential election came in, Trump immediately took to the news to declare voter fraud.
This has been a hot topic since the President’s announcement, with the Trump campaign filing official lawsuits against several states for incorrect ballot casts.
The latest court hearing was against Pennsylvania and their restrictions against Republicans watching the ballots being counted.
The Trump campaign argued that their representatives were forced to stand far away from the ballots, preventing them from checking if they were legitimate.
They argued that the ballots counted in Philadelphia—over 700,000 of them—should be invalidated because of the restrictions on the observers at ballot counting stations.
But Pennsylvania fired back in court.
The campaign lost at the trial court, won an appeal at the Commonwealth Court, but lost again against the state Supreme Court.
The decision was ultimately split 5-2 in Pennsylvania’s highest court, meaning no further action could be taken by the Trump campaign.
In addition to this, Breitbart News reported that:
“In September, a majority on the court ordered vote-by-mail ballots to be accepted up to three days after Election Day, even without a postmark. A 5-2 majority also granted a Democratic demand for the Green Party to be excluded from the ballot. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the vote-by-mail ruling to stand, 4-4, after Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal minority.”
To back their decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that it had to defer to the text of state law on election observers.
They noted that the legislature does not specify a distance at which the observers must stand.
“Section 3146.8(g)(1.1) requires only that an authorized representative ‘be permitted to remain in the room in which the absentee ballots and mail- in ballots are pre-canvassed,’ 25 P.S. § 3146.8(g)(1.1), and Section 3146.8(g)(2) likewise mandates merely that an authorized representative ‘be permitted to remain in the room in which the absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are canvassed.’ 25 P.S. § 3146.8(g)(2). While this language contemplates an opportunity to broadly observe the mechanics of the canvassing process, we note that these provisions do not set a minimum distance between authorized representatives and canvassing activities occurring while they ‘remain in the room.’ The General Assembly, had it so desired, could have easily established such parameters; however, it did not. It would be improper for this Court to judicially rewrite the statute by imposing distance requirements where the legislature has, in the exercise of its policy judgment, seen fit not to do so.”
Unfortunately, this means a loss for the Trump campaign in their fight against exposing potential voter fraud.
But there are still other states that must answer the claims of the Trump campaign.