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Pennsylvania Supreme Court shoots down Trump campaign claims of blocking Philadelphia election observers

The state’s liberal-leaning Supreme Court ruled 5-2 against Trump’s lawsuit on Tuesday, rebuffing claims that local election officials barred Republican poll-watchers from standing close enough to the vote-counting process to see what was happening.

“We conclude the [Philadelphia County Board of Elections] did not act contrary to law… during the precanvassing and canvassing process, as the Election Code does not specify minimum distance parameters” for observers, the court said in its majority opinion.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted the 2020 race was marred by widespread voter fraud, filing lawsuits across multiple states to contest the results. The president, meanwhile, has declined to concede to Democratic rival Joe Biden, who has been informally dubbed the victor by a number of media outlets. In addition to the alleged misconduct affecting observers, the Trump team has also taken aim at possible irregularities with mail-in ballots – heavily favored by voters this year amid an ongoing pandemic – and election software used to tabulate and report votes.

While none of the suits have handed major victories to Trump or offered compelling evidence for the purported fraud to date, a ballot recount in Georgia requested by the president has turned up more than 5,000 previously uncounted votes in two counties. However, state officials argued the overlooked ballots were a result of “human error,” rather than fraud. So far, Georgia’s second tally has handed about 1,300 new votes to Trump, still leaving him nearly 13,000 behind Biden in the state.

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