A state appellate court judge in Pennsylvania issued a ruling on Thursday that is a huge win for President Trump and the American people.
The judge determined that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar lacked authority to extend a deadline for first-time vote-by-mail participants to show their ID.
“Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled Thursday that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar lacked the authority to extend the original Nov. 9 deadline by 3 days,” Bloomberg Law reported. “The ruling means the battleground state that’s already been declared for President-elect Joe Biden can’t count ballots from voters who submitted missing ID between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12. Ballots with ‘cured’ ID issues received before that aren’t being challenged.”
It is unclear how many ballots the ruling will impact, but it is certainly a massive victory for the President’s continued fight against election fraud.
The court had previously ordered that ballots from voters who provided identification between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 have to be segregated until a new ruling is issued about what should be done with them.
Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt’s order states:
“AND NOW this 12th day of November, 2020, upon consideration of Petitioners’ Petition for Review in the Nature of a Complaint in Equity, and the memoranda of law filed by the parties and the proposed intervenor-respondent, the Court concludes that Respondent Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, lacked statutory authority to issue the November 1, 2020, guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections insofar as that guidance purported to change the deadline in Section 1308(h) of the Pennsylvania Election Code, Act of June 3, 1937, P.L. 1333, as amended, 25 P.S. §3146.8(h), for certain electors to verify proof of identification, based on Secretary Boockvar’s interpretation and application of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar, _ A.3d _ (Pa., No. 133 MM 2020, filed September 17, 2020).
Accordingly, the Court hereby ORDERS that Respondents County Boards of Elections are enjoined from counting any ballots that have been segregated pursuant to paragraph 1 of this Court’s order dated November 5, 2020, granting a special injunction.”
This is one of several legal challenges the Trump campaign is bringing in Pennsylvania. On Friday they are scheduled to have a hearing over thousands of ballots which were improperly counted despite lacking required information.
Additionally, the campaign awaits action from the Supreme Court regarding whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted properly in granting the three-day extension for accepting mail-in ballots.
The Republican Attorneys General Association is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, arguing that the state’s Supreme Court had overstepped its authority by overriding the state legislature on election rules.
According to the Constitution, states legislatures are responsible for providing the ”times, places, and manner” of conducting elections for senators and representatives. In Pennsylvania’s case, the state legislature decided that all ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to be counted.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rewrote that law. The court overstepped their bounds and encroached on the legislature’s authority,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt said at a press conference on Nov. 9. “We believe that this is a violation of a very important principle of federalism and our separation of powers.”