A federal judge on Thursday has instructed that 60 observers for each party be allowed inside the hall to witness the counting after President Trump’s campaign filed a legal suit to stop the vote count in Philadelphia over disturbing observations his supporters weren’t being allowed to monitor the tallying of mail-in ballots.
US District Judge Paul Diamond said, “Really, can’t we be responsible adults here and reach an agreement? The whole thing could (soon) be moot.”
Republicans had filed an emergency lawsuit reporting election officials in the Democratic-led city were refusing to comply with a court order they’d won earlier in the day that said campaign operatives could observe the process from six feet away.
Judge Diamond, a George W. Bush appointee gave the instruction on Thursday evening as Trump and Joe Biden were locked in a tight battle for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes with Trump held 50.12 percent of the tallied Keystone State vote compared to Biden’s 48.73 percent, with 88 percent tabulated.
A good number of the uncounted ballots were in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County. While Philadelphia is still chugging along, Allegheny County workers were given Thursday off to prepare for what could be several more days of counting.
Pennsylvania’s secretary of state Kathy Boockvar said clarity could come Friday.