US President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on October 28, 2020 at his hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed arguments from President Donald Trump’s campaign that Republican election observers were wrongly denied access to closely monitor ballot counting in Philadelphia.
The loss could jeopardize the Trump campaign’s related legal efforts in federal court in Williamsport trying to prevent Pennsylvania from confirming its election results in the coming weeks.
In this federal case, the campaign cites how observers were kept from voting at some distance from the censuses conducted in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties.
If the Trump campaign fails in this instance, it is unlikely that President-elect Joe Biden’s planned victory can be reversed not only in Pennsylvania but also at the national level.
The campaign has been carried out repeatedly on cases in other battlefield states that have challenged the legitimacy of the ballots that gave Biden an advantage.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, gestures after the media announced that Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden will run the 2020 US presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, on Nov. 7 2020 won.
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 5-2 ruling came after Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani argued in federal proceedings that the president was the victim of statewide election fraud that gave Democratic challenger Biden a victory.
The Supreme Court rejected the argument that electoral officials in Philadelphia violated state law by holding GOP observers some distance from ballot papers as they were being counted in that city.
The court found that the state law stipulates that observers may be “in the room” during the ballot counting, but leaves it to the electoral officials of the district, if necessary, to set a minimum distance to the ballot papers to be counted.
An election observer monitors the ballot count at the Allegheny County’s election camp on November 6, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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A witness in the case had testified that he could see the counting from the distance he was being held.
A lower state court had previously ruled in favor of the Trump campaign, allowing campaign observers to be within 6 feet of the ballot tables.
The ruling of the Supreme Court overturned this decision.
Biden was predicted to win the US presidential election on Nov. 7 after being named the winner of the Pennsylvania contest. Keystone State has 20 electoral college votes, which was more than enough to put Biden above the minimum of 270 electoral votes required for the White House to win.
Biden is currently expected to win 306 votes.