Pa.’s highest court gives Democratic Party a series of victories related to November’s presidential election

Written by on September 18, 2020

Pennsylvania’s highest court gives Democratic Party a series of victories related to November’s presidential election

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued three decisions Thursday affecting the state’s ballots for the presidential election.

Republican lawmakers say they’re weighing their options because two of the Democratic-majority court’s rulings conflict with parts of a GOP-backed election code bill that Governor Tom Wolf says he’ll veto.

Justices ruled 5-2 to remove Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the ballot for not adhering to rules for filing to run for office.

In separate cases, they ordered a three-day extension for the deadline to return ballots by mail, so long as they’re postmarked by Election Day.

The court also established that campaigns can’t assign poll watchers outside their county of residence

And that election officials can collect ballots using drop boxes.

In a federal lawsuit, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is seeking opposing rules – to ban drop boxes and let poll watchers work anywhere in the state. The U.S. District judge in that case paused proceedings to let the state court matters play out.

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