In whole, the Trump campaign had sought to throw out virtually 9,000 absentee ballots as a result of their outer envelopes lack names, dates or addresses or some mixture of the three that voters might have stuffed out.
In 5 associated cases, Decide James Crumlish of Philadelphia County’s Courtroom of Widespread Pleas stated the Trump campaign could not invalidate 8,329 ballots it alleged had been improper. The decide dominated these ballots must be processed and counted.
In one other case, the President’s campaign looked for the Montgomery County Board of Elections to throw out 592 mail-in ballots the place voters hadn’t stuffed out their addresses on the skin envelopes. These ballots might be counted, the second decide, Richard Haaz of the Montgomery County Courtroom of Widespread Pleas, dominated on Friday.
Haaz discovered that state legislation did not require voters to fill out the deal with sections on the envelopes, and the directions on the ballots did not inform voters they need to fill them out.
“Voters shouldn’t be disenfranchised by fairly relying upon voting directions offered by election officers,” Haaz wrote.
The Trump campaign had stated in court docket that it wasn’t alleging voting fraud in the cases — simply trying to implement the foundations.
Although the ballots numbered in the hundreds, they might not be sufficient for Trump to beat Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, even when all had been Trump votes.