PENNSYLVANIA: Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled in favor of the Trump’s Campaign Thursday, ordering the Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar may not count ballots where the voters had a right to cure and needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by Nov. 9.
A right to cure allows voters to correct their record in order for their ballot to count. If a voter failed to fill out the disclosure envelope properly on a mail-in ballot or forgot to sign it, some counties gave those voters the chance to correct or “cure” those errors so that their votes would count.
State law said that voters have until six days after the election — this year that was Nov. 9 — to cure problems regarding a lack of proof of identification. After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots could be accepted three days after Election Day, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar submitted guidance that said proof of identification could be provided up until Nov. 12, which is six days from the ballot acceptance deadline. That guidance was issued two days before Election Day.
“[T]he 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.
The Trump’s campaign’s argument, —-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 unilaterally change it. Judge Leavitt agreed and issued the order in favor of Trump.
The court had previously ordered that all ballots where voters provided proof of identification between Nov. 10 and 12 should be segregated until a ruling was issued determining what should be done with them. The Secretary of State failed to comply with the U.S. Supremes Court Order. The Supreme Court has not made a final ruling, but Judge
On Thursday, Leavitt ruled that those ballots shall not be counted among other ballots. This ruling may be a big blow to President Donald J Trump’s opponent Joe Biden’s efforts to be declared President-elect,
Biden has begun to name transition staff–including meeting with other Nation heads. Biden has also appointed a covid-19 task force–and several liberal states and local governments have ordered a semi-lockdown.
The Trump’s campaign has filed challenges in other States—Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, and Minnesota. Many of the battleground states are facing the same violations of law. It is underdetermined if Judges in other states will take Pennsylvania’s lead. This is one of several legal challenges the Trump campaign is bringing in Pennsylvania. A hearing is scheduled Friday to hear arguments over the thousands of ballots that they claimed were improperly counted despite lacking required information.
Source: AP contributed to this article.