President Donald Trump and his allies are doing their best to block mail-in votes that came in after the polls closed on Nov. 3 from being counted in Pennsylvania.
According to a new report from the Washington Examiner, Pennsylvania’s secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, said Tuesday that some 10,000 ballots were received after 8 p.m. Tuesday, but before a “grace period” set by the state Supreme Court expired Friday at 5 p.m.
The president and his legal team have said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had no basis for its ruling allowing mail-in ballots to be received after Tuesday, and are seeking to stop those votes from being counted, the Examiner reports.
Controversy over ballots
In addition to the 10,000 mail-in ballots that came in late, some 94,000 provisional ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania, according to the Examiner‘s report, as are roughly 49,000 mail-in ballots that were received by officials prior to Election Day.
Still, the race for the White House was called in the Keystone State on Saturday, with mainstream media outlets projecting all 20 of the states electoral votes would go to Joe Biden, the Examiner reported.
As of Thursday, the candidates were separated by over 50,000 votes, with Biden leading, according to PennLive.com. It’s a margin that led the Chicago Tribune to conclude that throwing out the 10,000 late mail-in ballots would do little to “change the result,” even if they are “thrown out.”
The fight’s not over
But Trump and his supporters aren’t backing down without a fight. While the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on the issue of the late mailed ballots in Pennsylvania, they did order the ballots segregated pending further ruling, The Washington Post reported.
What’s more, the Trump campaign has another avenue of attack: they say Republican poll watchers in states including Pennsylvania weren’t allowed sufficient access to see the ballots being counted, a problem they’ve promised to fight in court.
Nobody wants to report that Pennsylvania and Michigan didn’t allow our Poll Watchers and/or Vote Observers to Watch or Observe. This is responsible for hundreds of thousands of votes that should not be allowed to count. Therefore, I easily win both states. Report the News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Democrats: Everything is fine
Of course, while Trump is seeking investigations into allegations of election irregularities, Democratic officials in Pennsylvania insist that everything is fine. In fact, Sec. Boockvar said Tuesday that election workers have done an “impressive job” with the counting so far.
“The counties have done an impressive job counting a record number of mail ballots and now are canvassing the provisional ballots, each of which must be considered individually,” she said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner. Boockvar went on:
Millions of Pennsylvanians voted and made their voices heard in a free, fair, and open election last week. I am so proud of the election officials and poll workers who worked tirelessly, amid a pandemic, so voters could decide this election.
Her remarks will likely do little, however, to quell speculation that something nefarious is going on with the ballot-counting. At least as far as Trump is concerned, this election isn’t over yet.