‘Phew!’ PA Supreme Court just made it much harder for Trump to steal the keystone swing state

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For those that need a bit of good news to get them through the rest of this week: Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court just handed Democrats a big win. The court’s ruling has four key elements that may help turn the tide in one of the most important states.

Green Party is off the ballot

Presidential candidate Howie Hawkins will not be allowed on Pennsylvania’s ballot this fall. Howie did not follow the proper electoral procedures and thus there will be no one representing the Green Party — leaving just Trump and Biden as presidential choices.

Mail-in deadline extended

Normally, Pennsylvania’s deadline for mail-in ballots is 8 p.m. on election day. However, with the court relaxed this rule in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Votes will now be counted as long as they are received before 5 p.m. on the Friday following the election. The decision to extend the deadline is expected to boost voter participation, although it will mean the election results from this important swing state will not be final on election night.

Drop boxes have been added

The court also ruled that the state could install ballot drop boxes. It is a move likely to enrage the Trump team considering his campaign sued the state to stop them from being used — baselessly claiming they were unconstitutional:

Trump’s poll watchers are denied

The Trump campaign wanted to instill its poll watchers in Philadelphia which has a high number of Democratic voters. But according to Pennsylvania law, the poll watchers have to be a registered voter in the county where they are volunteering. Republicans were trying to skirt the law, but Democrats in the state pushed back, worried about voter intimidation.

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