Pennsylvania court allows Trump campaign 'poll watchers' to observe counting of votes

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The appellate judge's order on Trump campaign's plea will allow 'poll watchers' to be within six feet of counting of votes in the state of Pennsylvania.

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi displaying the court order granting Trump campaign more access to vote counting operations at Pennsylvania Convention Centre in Philadelphia on Thursday

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi displaying the court order granting Trump campaign more access to vote counting operations at Pennsylvania Convention Centre in Philadelphia on Thursday (Photo Credits: AP)

Acting on a plea by US President Donald Trump's election campaign, a court in the American state of Pennsylvania has passed an order allowing 'poll watchers' to observe the counting of votes. This is being projected as a major victory by the Trump campaign with the President himself tweeting "Big legal win in Pennsylvania".

The appellate judge's order will allow poll watchers to be within six feet of counting of votes in the state of Pennsylvania.

As per the latest US media reports, Democrat challenger Joe Biden is leading in the race for 270 Electoral College votes with four states, namely Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina still counting ballots.

Republican President Donald Trump is leading in Pennsylvania as per the latest reports with some US media outlets giving him a lead of less than 2 per cent of votes counted. The state of Pennsylvania is crucial to Trump's re-election strategy since it holds 20 Electoral College votes in comparison to Nevada with six, Georgia with 16 and North Carolina with 15.

Following the Pennsylvania appellate court order, Deputy Manager of the Trump Campaign, Justin Clark told media outlets, "As a result of this incredible legal victory, the lower court's order has been reversed."

"Now, according to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 'all candidates, watchers, or candidate representatives' shall 'be permitted to be present for the canvassing process' and '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," Clark added.

Meanwhile, a court in Georgia on Thursday dismissed the Trump campaign's lawsuit seeking uniformity in the state regarding the processing of absentee ballots in the state.

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