President Donald Trump suffered another setback in his efforts to challenge the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.
The state’s Supreme Court threw out five lawsuits from the Trump campaign that called for more than 8,000 ballots to be dismissed.
Trump loses election lawsuits in Pennsylvania
The lawsuits contend that thousands of absentee ballots in Allegheny County are not valid, citing missing information like a date or an address. In effect, the court said that while some ballots might be technically illegal, the concern isn’t pressing enough to justify throwing them out.
“Here we conclude that while failures to include a handwritten name, address or date in the voter declaration on the back of the outer envelope, while constituting technical violations of the Election Code, do not warrant the wholesale disenfranchisement of thousands of Pennsylvania voters,” their ruling said.
This is the same court that extended the deadline for mail-in ballots in the first place, inviting a legal challenge from the state’s Republicans.
Some judges expressed qualms about accepting ballots that are technically illegal, with one saying more should be done in the future to avoid a repeat of the scenario.
Justice David N. Wecht wrote that the ballots can slide this time, but a missing date should not “be overlooked as a ‘minor irregularity.'”
Trump keeps up fight, despite setbacks
Pennsylvania is one critical battleground where Trump has alleged that fraud enabled Biden to win the state. Trump lost a separate case in federal court over the weekend to block a Biden victory from being certified.
The state’s Democratic officials celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling, with attorney general Josh Shapiro gloating over Trump’s defeat.
“The Trump campaign was attempting to throw out ballots from eligible voters. Guess what? They just lost in the PA Supreme Court. Again,” Shapiro said.
Trump filed a number of lawsuits in various states alleging voter fraud involving mail-in ballots, but they have struggled to gain traction. The president has vowed to keep fighting, even as many Republicans join Democratic pressure for him to concede to Biden.
“Remember, the GSA has been terrific, and Emily Murphy has done a great job, but the GSA does not determine who the next President of the United States will be,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.