The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that it was legal for vote-counters to force Republican election observers to stand up to 100 feet away from the ballot-counting, and that even greater didtances would be kosher.
The court ruled that state law requires that observers be allowed “in the room where ballots are counted. The law does not set a minimum distance between them and the counting tables. […] The Election Code does not specify minimum distance parameters.”
CBS: “Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Republican observers in Philadelphia were given proper access under state law to view vote counting.”
MSN: “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that Republican poll observers weren’t entitled to stand within a certain distance to observe the counting of ballots. The campaign and other Republicans have premised their most extravagant claims of voter fraud on the idea that Republican observers were kept too far away to properly observe votes being counted.”
Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign senior legal adviser: “This ruling is contrary to the clear purpose of the law. The intent and purpose of the Pennsylvania law is to allow election watchers from both parties to actually see the ballots close enough to inspect them, and thus prevent partisan ballot counting in secret. It’s inexplicable that five justices on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would conclude that watchers observing from distances up to 100 feet away is reasonable. We are keeping all legal options open to fight for election integrity and the rule of law.”