Legal experts weigh in on President Trump’s lawsuits focusing on Pennsylvania

The country has its eyes on Pennsylvania during this election process. One reason is because of lawsuits filed by President Donald Trump. The latest lawsuit centers around poll watchers.Duquesne University law professor, Bruce Ledewitz, said, “They are pushing forward I think in an attempt to slow down or stop the counting because it really wouldn’t have much impact. All they are asking is to be given closer than 25 feet access and they want to look at the votes that have been so far.”Joseph Sabino Mistick is also a professor of law at Duquesne University.He said, “There’s always some dispute, poll watchers want to see more. They want to be closer to the action. They want to participate more and so there is a balance you have to strike between when they may be actually interfering with the process and slowing the process.”Another lawsuit focuses on mail-in ballots that are post marked on Election Day but arrive three days after Nov. 3.Ledewitz said, “What the Pennsylvania Supreme Court changed this year was that they extended the time in which a mail-in ballot could be received until after Tuesday Election Day, and it’s possible that ruling will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”Ledewitz said the secretary of the commonwealth told elections officials to separate those ballots. But will they be thrown out?He said, “Justice Alito signaled last week that he thought it was a violation of the federal constitution to extend that time three days and that may be ultimately what the court ruled.”Ledewitz said only time will tell.”If it doesn’t really matter in the end, I’m not sure the Supreme Court will take it up. I doubt that Justice Barrett, whatever her feelings on the merits, would want her first important vote cast on the Supreme Court to be in favor of President Trump’s election at this time,” said Ledewitz.

The country has its eyes on Pennsylvania during this election process. One reason is because of lawsuits filed by President Donald Trump.

The latest lawsuit centers around poll watchers.

Duquesne University law professor, Bruce Ledewitz, said, “They are pushing forward I think in an attempt to slow down or stop the counting because it really wouldn’t have much impact. All they are asking is to be given closer than 25 feet access and they want to look at the votes that have been so far.”

Joseph Sabino Mistick is also a professor of law at Duquesne University.

He said, “There’s always some dispute, poll watchers want to see more. They want to be closer to the action. They want to participate more and so there is a balance you have to strike between when they may be actually interfering with the process and slowing the process.”

Another lawsuit focuses on mail-in ballots that are post marked on Election Day but arrive three days after Nov. 3.

Ledewitz said, “What the Pennsylvania Supreme Court changed this year was that they extended the time in which a mail-in ballot could be received until after Tuesday Election Day, and it’s possible that ruling will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Ledewitz said the secretary of the commonwealth told elections officials to separate those ballots. But will they be thrown out?

He said, “Justice Alito signaled last week that he thought it was a violation of the federal constitution to extend that time three days and that may be ultimately what the court ruled.”

Ledewitz said only time will tell.

“If it doesn’t really matter in the end, I’m not sure the Supreme Court will take it up. I doubt that Justice Barrett, whatever her feelings on the merits, would want her first important vote cast on the Supreme Court to be in favor of President Trump’s election at this time,” said Ledewitz.

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