Pennsylvania election lawsuit: Judge rules for Trump, bucks ballot extension for photo-ID


A Pennsylvania judge ruled Thursday that state officials exceeded their authority by extending the deadline for voters in the Keystone State to cure their ballots through photo identification.

After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the state’s move to extend the deadline for counting ballots from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar also extended the time for voters to cure their ballots by providing proof of identification.

The state law had allowed six days after the election for voters to provide proof for their ballots to count, which would have been Nov. 9. But Ms. Boockvar attempted to change that deadline to Nov. 12.

The court said the ballots that had been segregated after her unilateral extension could not be counted past Nov. 9.

It’s a win for the Trump campaign where a relatively small number of ballots won’t be tabulated in the battleground state where presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden leads President Trump by roughly 54,588 votes.

The president’s campaign has tried to intervene in a case pending before the Supreme Court where Pennsylvania Republicans are arguing Ms. Boockvar also exceeded her authority in extending the overall time to count mail in ballots from Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. to Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.

The high court has not yet agreed to hear the case.

State officials claim only about 10,000 ballots arrived during that three-day extension, suggesting it is not enough to counter Mr. Biden’s lead over the president.

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