The number of legal battles that President Donald Trump’s army of attorneys are waging in the fight to expose any instances of ballot or voter fraud are growing by the day.
But in Pennsylvania, Trump’s lawyers have already managed to put a puck in the goal after a state court ruled on Thursday morning that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar “lacked authority” to change a deadline just two days before the election, concerning a situation where some voters thought they were given extra time to produce proper identification.
According to Fox News, Pennsylvania state law provides voters six days beyond election day — which would have been November 9 — for voters to correct identification issues. But Boockvar, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended the state’s allowance for mail-in ballots to arrive up to three days past the November 9 deadline, decided to issue guidance in which voters with the identification issues were also given three extra days to correct them.
On Thursday, a state court judge ruled against that guidance.
“[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 wrote in a court order.
The ruling was fair and was in response to Trump’s lawyers who argued that there was nothing in the state law that provided the secretary of state the authority to extend the deadline for correcting identification issues.
The ruling came in the wake of an earlier victory for the president, in which a state court ruled that all ballots where voters didn’t show identification until Nov. 10 or later should have their ballots separated from the rest. The big question since then revolved around whether or not those ballots would ultimately be counted.
Thursday’s ruling solidified that they will not be counted.
In the meantime, Trump’s election legal team is also pursuing other major battles in the swing state in which they’re awaiting word from the Supreme Court on whether or not the three-day extension provided by the state’s supreme court is valid.
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor for Trump’s camp on that issue, it would be nothing less than a total bombshell and would presumably greatly affect vote count totals for Trump and Biden in the must-win state.
Adding to that, Trump’s lawyers are also expected to take court action “over thousands of ballots that they claim were improperly counted despite lacking required information.”
Cases like these, especially in states that will end up with thin win margins, are exactly why so many people rightfully believe that this election simply isn’t over. It won’t be over until the legal dust settles and the vote counts are finally certified, case closed.