President Trump’s campaign filed an emergency lawsuit against the Philadelphia Board of Elections on Thursday over allegations that his supporters weren’t being allowed to monitor the counting of mail-in and absentee ballots.
“Women for Trump” co-chair Pam Bondi claimed election officials had refused to comply with a Pennsylvania appeals court order that said campaign operatives could observe the process from six feet away.
Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, said the federal suit seeks to stop the tabulation “until we get a resolution where we can get a look at the ballots.”
“Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you should care about this,” she said through a bullhorn at an impromptu news conference.
Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski, who earlier said he was going to ask the Sheriff’s Office to enforce the court order, also accused election officials of believing they’re “above the law.”
“It is shameful,” he said.
“We believe every legal vote should be counted and we have the right to look at the votes.”
Earlier Thursday, Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon sided with the Trump campaign and agreed to reduce the 25-foot distance from which “candidates, watchers or candidate representatives” can watch the votes being counted.
In order effective at 10:30 a.m., Cannon said the campaign would be “permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.”
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