An order was issued by the Court that the state may not count ballots where the voters needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by Nov. 9th.
State law said that voters have until six days after the election — this year that was Nov. 9 — to solve problems concerning a lack of proof of identification, fox news reports.
After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots could be accepted three days after Election Day, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar submitted guidance that said proof of identification could be provided up until Nov. 12, which is six days from the ballot acceptance deadline. That guidance was issued two days before Election Day.
“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 … for certain electors to verify proof of identification,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said in a court order.
Kyle Becker of Fox News tweeted that this likely means Pennsylvania will likely head to the SUPREME COURT: “BREAKING: Judge orders segregated ballots should not be counted.”
It rules the PA Secretary of State “lacked statutory authority” to override election law. Critically, the state has a Republican state legislature. SCOTUS may ultimately decide the case now,” he tweeted.
This ruling was in line with the Trump campaign’s argument, which was that there was no basis in the state’s law to extend the identification deadline, and that Boockvar did not have the power to unilaterally change it.