Pa. judge rules late-arriving ballots shall not be counted
Nov 14 2020
While the Trump campaign's general counsel, Matt Morgan, called the order a "win", the ballots affected may not have been tabulated and are unlikely to affect the outcome in Pennsylvania. "Pa. Dep't of State, Pennsylvania Guidance for Mail-in and Absentee Ballots Received From the United States Postal Service After 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Oct. 28, 2020); Pa. Dep't of State, Canvassing Segregated Mail-in and Civilian Absentee Ballots Received by Mail After 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and Before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 (Nov. 1, 2020)". The court ruled that the Pennsylvania Secretary of State lacked the authority to extend the deadline for when ballots may be cured.
Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case. Trump supporters' lawsuit claimed the vote count was plagued by fraud, but Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny said the suit didn't prove he should halt certification of the vote or order it to be audited, Bloomberg reports.
"The Supreme Court will take the case only if it would make a difference, only if the plaintiffs - the Republicans - can show that the number of disputed ballots that were subject to sequestration by Justice Alito's decision exceeds the difference between the winning margin and the losing margin".
The Fox News Decision Desk declared President-elect Joe Biden the victor of the race on Saturday, but the Trump campaign, and the RNC, have mounted lawsuits in states like Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona challenging the results, and claiming Democrats tried to "disenfranchise voters".
The legal blows began when a federal appeals court rejected an effort to block about 9,300 mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania.
Some Republicans have already hinted that Trump would run for president again in 2024, however, a Trump campaign official told Fox News that they are "still focused on the 2020 election".
The firm did not reply to specific questions about the Twitter feed or whether it would likewise step down from other election cases involving President Trump. The ballots received from November 10 through November 12 were segregated until there was a ruling to determine if they would be counted or not.