The Trump campaign notched a second win in a Pennsylvania court on Thursday after a judge ruled that some ballots lacking identifying voter information should be set aside and not yet counted.
The decision from Mary Hannah Leavitt, the president judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, came through on Thursday afternoon.
She ordered that all ballots received between Nov. 9-12 that lack voter information on them should be separated out and not counted pending further instruction of the court.
“The county boards of elections shall segregate ballots for which identification is received and verified on November 10, 11, and 12, 2020, from ballots for which identification is received and verified on or before November 9, 2020,” the court order says. “The segregation for which identification is received and verified on November 10, 11, and 12, 2020, shall not be counted until further order of this court.”
University of California Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, a CNN election law analyst, said that the court ruling is unlikely to effect the end outcome of whoever wins the state of Pennsylvania between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The court decision, which was pushed for by the Trump campaign, comes on the heels of an earlier court win in Pennsylvania in which the court ordered state election officials to allow GOP observers within six feet of the ballot canvassing process. Trump touted the decision as a “Big legal win in Pennsylvania!”
Pennsylvania remains a key battleground state and central to the Trump campaign’s stated pathway to victory.
“We are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania. This is not based on gut or feel. This is based on math,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters during a press call on Wednesday afternoon.
The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday, alleging that Republican representatives were not being given fair access to observe the vote counting procedures. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has argued that with the number of ballots still outstanding, and taking into consideration where those ballots are from, the campaign believes that Biden cannot make up the difference and overtake Trump in the state.
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