A FEDERAL Philly judge has denied Donald Trump campaign’s attempt to stop the vote count in Pennsylvania but allowed both sides to observe the fraught tally.
US District Judge Paul S. Diamond suggested on Thursday that each party should be allowed 60 observers inside a hall at a downtown convention center in the Pennsylvania city.
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The final ballots are being tallied in the Pennsylvania building as the hearing unfolded on Thursday evening after Trump filed lawsuits in crucial election states.
He’s locked in a nail-biting battle with former Vice President for PA’s 20 electoral votes tonight.
A President George W. Bush appointee, an exasperated Diamond admonished the lawyers as the bipartisan bickering continued.
both sides bickered about who was following the rules and reminded them they are officers of the court.
The Philadelphia City Commissioners released this statement on the judge’s ruling confirmed the federal court denied the Trump campaign’s motion.
“The City Board of Elections agreed to keep the barrier for all observers where it is – at 6 feet for now, and to continue to admit observers in compliance with the law, but no more than 60 per side,” it read.
“The President and his campaign representatives had falsely claimed throughout the day that their representatives were not allowed in the room.
But their counsel admitted at the hearing, after questions from the court, that they had several representatives in the room. In fact, they had at least 19 party representatives as observers in the Convention Center this afternoon, and more than 15 in the room while the case was being heard this evening.
“These representatives were already allowed to view the canvas from a close distance, and nothing changed in that regard as a result of this hearing. We currently await a decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on this exact issue.”
Their statement concluded that The Board of Elections “will oppose efforts to slow down the ongoing count in court and will continue to treat all parties equally.”
“The Board has been completely transparent in its election process and the Trump campaign has had certified canvas observers in the Convention Center to view the counting operation all day long today as it has since the pre-canvas began on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m,” it added.
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HOLDING A RECOUNT
Joe Biden has a slender lead over Donald Trump in the race to 270 electoral votes.
The Democrat has so far flipped three states that Trump won in 2016 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona.
But the President wants a recount of votes in Wisconsin and has filed lawsuits to stop vote counting in both Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The recount of votes can be complicated because the guidelines are set at state and sometimes local levels.
Wisconsin – a recount cannot be requested until election results are verified on December 1. State rules also dictate that a recount can only be requested by a candidate if the race is separated by a margin of one per cent or less.
Michigan – the state conducts an automatic recount if candidates are separated by a margin of 2,000 total votes or less. To get a recount by request, a campaign must submit a petition over alleged fraud or counting errors within 48 hours.
Pennsylvania – the state only provides an automatic recount if the race is separated by a margin of 0.5% or less, or if election officials find irregularities in the results
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