The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave a disappointing ruling on Tuesday that sets the Trump campaign back further in the controversial battleground state.
A Blow in Pennsylvania
The high court reversed the order of a lower state court that allowed election observers within six feet of ballot operations.
With a vote of 5-2, the high court decided that state law only dictates that observers must be allowed “in the room” where ballots are being counted and examined. Their report also says that it does not require a minimum distance for observers.
Additionally, the court ruled that the Philadelphia Board of Elections “did not act in contrary to the law in fashioning its regulations governing the positioning of candidate representatives,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“Critically, we find the board’s regulations…were reasonable,” wrote Justice Debra Todd.
Lower Court Sided With Trump
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon sided with the Trump campaign on November 5 and ordered a reduction in the 25-foot distance from which “candidates, watchers or candidate representatives” could observe votes being tallied.
“We plan on entering that building right now and legally observing the voting process. If there is one illegal vote that is cast, it takes away from the great men and women of Pennsylvania who came out to vote legally,” former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, speaking on behalf of the Trump campaign, told reporters after the ruling.
Shady Poll Officials
However, polling officials refused to honor the terms of the order, Bondi told reporters less than an hour later.
“What’s happening is, they have moved the barriers up to six feet but they took away the ballot machines that were in the front row and moved them to the back of the building,” Bondi said.
“It’s unbelievable what they’re trying to do to our votes that have been legally cast, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Those legal votes must be tabulated. They’re not doing that…they’re trying to drown us out now where we can’t be heard,” she added.