Trump’s fight for closer observation of the Philadelphia ballot count appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Philadelphia election officials on Thursday appealed a Commonwealth Court ruling that observers of President Donald Trump’s campaign should be allowed a closer look at the ballots as they are opened and their counting.
The lower court opinion, delivered by Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, overturned a Philly judge’s ruling, allowing candidates or their representatives to be within six feet of where the ballots were being processed .
In his appeal, lawyers for the electoral board raised health concerns regarding COVID-19. They also noted that Trump’s campaign staff and other observers had been given a platform to view the tally.
Likewise, the appellants argued that the actions of the council were appropriate under existing election laws.
Fizzano Cannon wrote in his opinion that the placement of the viewing platform that officials in Philly put in place for observers, “reduced[ed] representatives of candidates to tourists unable to make the observations permitted by the Electoral Code.
Trump’s lawyers, in a case filed with the state Supreme Court in response to the petition, argued that the Philadelphia actions were a “pattern of malfeasance” that hampered the campaign’s ability to monitor the election. .
The state Supreme Court will review the appeal and may decide whether to grant or deny it.
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