Court Orders Philadelphia to Give Trump Team 'Immediate Access' to Vote-Counting Center

By Susan Jones | November 5, 2020 | 10:59am EST
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is now part of President Trump's legal team. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is now part of President Trump's legal team. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking outside the Philadelphia Convention Center where vote counting is still underway Thursday, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, now part of the Trump campaign legal team, displayed a court order allowing Trump observers to get a closer look at what's going on.

"The Appellate Court just issued an order allowing immediate access to our team to observe the voting process -- immediate access," Bondi said.

So our team of 15 people will be headed in right now to observe the vote-counting process. This is very important because, as you know, they have kept us away -- 30 to 50 to 100 feet. They had a guy in there wearing a badge that's not a sworn law enforcement officer, keeping people away.

This is not a matter for the secretary of state or supervisor of elections. The U.S. Constitution and the legislature -- under the U.S. Constitution, the Legislature has the right to make these laws, which they have made, and a judge just confirmed they must be followed.

So we plan on entering that building right now and observing the voting process. If there is one illegal vote that is cast, it takes away from the great men and women of Pennsylvania who came out and issued a legal vote.

Protesters outside the center cranked up the music in an apparent attempt to drown out Bondi, who kept her remarks brief.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "Our lawyers have asked for 'meaningful access', but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!"

Trump also is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to exclude mailed ballots that come in after Election Day.

The issue is whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court usurped the Pennsylvania Legislature's authority to set election rules when the court issued a ruling requiring the state to count ballots that arrive in the mail after Election Day as long as they are not clearly postmarked after Election Day; and whether that decision is preempted by federal statutes that establish a uniform nationwide federal Election Day.

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