President Donald Trump’s legal team scored a massive victory on Thursday in the key battleground of Pennsylvania that will allow them to have closer access to vote counting in the state.
Appellate Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon overturned a previous ruling to allow Trump’s campaign to have more access to watch the individuals counting ballots in this highly important swing state.
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The judge’s order demands that Philadelphia election officials allow “all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives be permitted to be present for the canvassing process … and be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.”
The Trump campaign declared the decision “a major victory for election integrity [and] election transparency,” which came after they filed a lawsuit to stop the vote tallying until they were granted “meaningful access” to oversee the counting. The campaign filed a similar suit in Michigan, filed a separate lawsuit in Georgia, and plans to demand a recount in Wisconsin.
“In a major victory for election integrity, election transparency, all Pennsylvania voters, and the rule of law, the Trump Campaign has prevailed in our suit challenging our Republican poll watchers’ complete lack of any meaningful access to the ballot processing and counting process,” Justin Clark, a deputy campaign manager and senior counsel, said in a statement regarding the judge’s ruling. “The eyes of the country are on Pennsylvania, but Pennsylvania Democrats, led by their radical left Secretary of State whose only goal is to steal this election from President Trump, has kept eyes off of the absentee ballot counting process. That ends now in Philadelphia.”
“As a result of this incredible legal victory, the lower court’s order has been reversed. Now, according to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, ‘all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives’ shall ‘be permitted to be present for the canvassing process’ and ‘be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,'” he continued on. “For the good of the nation, every Pennsylvania county should follow the lead of this judge and provide access for observers to ensure transparency and integrity in Pennsylvania. That is the only way to ensure a fair, transparent election in which all Pennsylvania voters can have confidence their vote will count.”
As you can probably imagine, President Trump was thrilled with the victory and called it a “big win” on social media. Despite the final total of votes not quite coming in yet, Trump’s campaign has already declared victory in the state of Pennsylvania, though no media outlets agree with the call at this point.