In Pennsylvania, the Trump Campaign’s Search for Voting Irregularities Turns Increasingly Desperate
In the lead-up to last week’s election, one of the major points of possible controversy revolved around Pennsylvania’s decision to count mail-in ballots that arrived up to three days after Election Day.
That rule—which was imposed by the state’s top election officials and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court without the consent of the Republican-controlled state legislature—seemed destined to produce a messy legal battle. Just days before the election, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Pennsylvania to segregate those late-arriving ballots and count them separately. If the state’s election was close and Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes proved decisive, keeping those ballots separated from the rest would allow the U.S. Supreme Court to decide later whether they should be counted or not.
Thankfully, it looks like they won’t matter at all. Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Secretary of State, announced on Tuesday that about 10,000 mail-in ballots arrived at county election offices after Election Day. President-elect Joe Biden currently holds a 48,000 vote lead in the Keystone State. Those 10,000 or so late-arriving ballots might affect other races in the state, but it seems fairly obvious that they were not responsible for swinging the presidential election towards Biden.
Nevertheless, President Donald Trump is still implying that they did.
Highly Respected Ken Starr: “Pennsylvania’s three-day extension of the mail-in ballot deadline is a Constitutional Travesty.” Legal scholars agree!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2020
Trump is correct that there are interesting constitutional and legal questions surrounding Pennsylvania’s decision to allow those ballots to be counted. But given Biden’s lead in the state, those questions are purely academic.
This is, by now, a familiar pattern for Trump, his campaign, and
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