Trump campaign chalks up win in challenge of Pennsylvania mail-in ballot ID extension

As President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign continues to wage legal challenges in the wake of the election, one case in Pennsylvania seems to have earned him a huge victory.

A judge in that state has ruled that some mail-in ballots received after the deadline established by applicable law are not to be counted among the overall 2020 election totals, as reported by Breitbart.

A three-day extension

Several election-related complaints are currently underway in Pennsylvania. This one, in particularly, relates directly to votes cast by Pennsylvanians who voted by mail for the first time during this year’s election.

According to state law, such voters were required to validate their identifications by Nov. 9.

Democratic Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, however, implemented a three-day extension to that deadline, which the Trump campaign has argued was an illegal move.

The court challenge contended that the state legislature, not officials like Boockvar, has the authority to institute election changes. As a result, the campaign asked that ballots submitted in violation of the established law should be discarded.

A state appellate court judge on Thursday agreed, determining that Boockvar lacked the necessary authority to grant a deadline extension and ordering those votes to be removed from the tally.

“Important legal victory”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) lauded the decision on Twitter, along with his declaration that it constituted an “important legal victory.”

Of course, the total number of impacted ballots is statistically insignificant. The decision, however, could play a big role in other challenges.

In Pennsylvania, for example, the Trump campaign is pursuing a much more significant case regarding an extension of the deadline to receive mail-in ballots, again tacking on another three days to the initial Nov. 9 deadline.

What is unclear, however, is whether the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately take up the Pennsylvania case. Justices did reject Pennsylvania Republicans’ initial attempt to get the deadline extension thrown out — but some believe that Justice Samuel Alito’s recent order to segregate Pennsylvania ballots received after the original deadline suggests that the case is still on their radar.

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