US Elections: Court Grants Trump Access to Observe Pennsylvania Vote Count

Trump described the development in a tweet as a major legal victory for his election campaign.
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Donald Trump [ CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS ]

President Donald Trump and his campaign team have been given access by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to observe voting counts in the state of Pennsylvania.

Trump, who had raised the alarm that unexplained votes were being counted in favour of Democrat Joe Biden, may now have close observation of the counting process in an order released by the court Thursday.

Pennsylvania, with 20 votes from the Electoral College, is one of the five states in which votes are still counted.

With 264 votes in the bag, Biden needs just six more to emerge as the 46th president of the United States. Trump is currently leading the race with 214 votes from the Electoral College and banks in Pennsylvania and the other four states.

The court said:

“Upon review of arguments contained in brief submitted by Donald Trump, the Philadelphia Country Board of Elections and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, it is hereby ordered that the November 4 order of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County denying appellant’s oral motion to allow closer observation of the canvassing of ballots is reversed.

“Effective immediately, the court requires all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives be permitted to be present for the canvassing process.”


However, it cautioned that social distancing and wearing of masks must be adhered to due to the COVID-19 pandemic when observing the process.

Trump described the development in a tweet as a major legal victory for his election campaign.