The United States has on Thursday issued orders in favour Donald Trump; the Court said that the state might not count ballots where the voters needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by November 9.
According to reports by Fox News, state law said that voters have until six days after the election — this year that was November 9 — to solve problems concerning a lack of proof of identification.
After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots could be accepted three days after Election Day, Kathy Boockvar the Pennsylvania Secretary of State submitted guidance that said proof of identification could be provided up until November 12, 2020, which is 6 days from the ballot acceptance deadline. That guidance was issued two days before US Election Day.
“The Court concludes that Respondent Kathy 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,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said in a court order.
Kyle Becker of Fox News tweeted that this likely means Pennsylvania will likely head to the SUPREME COURT: “BREAKING: Judge orders segregated ballots should *not* be counted.”
It rules the PA Secretary of State “lacked statutory authority” to override election law. Critically, the state has a Republican state legislature. SCOTUS may ultimately decide the case now,” he tweeted.
This ruling of Court was in line with the Incumbent President, Donald Trump campaign’s argument, which was that there was no basis in the state’s law to extend the identification deadline and that Boockvar did not have the power to change it unilaterally.
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