Democrats are losing their collective minds about President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team is racked up a small win that could flip an important state.
The battleground state of Pennsylvania is closer to becoming a fair fight after a state appellate judge sided with the Trump campaign to stop certain ballots from being counted past lawful deadlines. This could have a huge impact on the outcome if Trump can win the state.
The problem stemmed from a Nov. 1 decision by Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar to give voters an additional three days to provide proof of identification, meaning ballots would still be counted up to nine days after the election. Currently, state law allows up to six days following Election Day to provide the necessary proof.
Preach! Every eligible vote, every voice, every participant in this great democracy must be heard, must be enfranchised, must be counted accurately and securely. Thank you @leslieodomjr #CountEveryVote #TrustedInfo2020 #ReadyToVote https://t.co/2n9IfoBhgA
— Kathy Boockvar (@KathyBoockvar) November 3, 2020
Boockvar had argued that because the state had extended its deadline to receive mail-in ballots to Nov. 6, three days after Election Day, the provision for providing identification should be extended as well. The Trump campaign countered, stating that election law only applied to the number of days after the election and not the extension.
Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt agreed with the Trump campaign. In her Thursday decision, she concluded “Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, lacked statutory authority to issue the November 1, 2020, guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections insofar as that guidance purported to change the deadline … for certain electors to verify proof of identification.”
The ballots dated between Nov.10 and 12 had already been set aside awaiting the decision. This ruling negates any ballots where proof of identification was received after Nov. 9.
It is unclear how many votes will be affected because the identification requirement only applied to first-time voters. However, it is another victory in a contentious legal battle to eliminate ineligible voting. So far, Trump has filed at least 17 lawsuits over ballot inconsistencies, some of them charging outright fraud.
The Trump campaign still has ground to make up and may not prove victorious. However, the fight against stealing votes and finagling ballots is an important step to rooting out dishonesty in the American election system. If Democrats really were concerned with fair and free elections as they claim to be, they would be supporting Trump rather than still insisting Biden was the runaway winner.