A federal judge has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit against the Philadelphia Board of Elections that sought to stop election officials counting ballots so long as Republican observers are not present as it said was required under Pennsylvania law.
“I’m sorry, then what’s your problem?” Diamond, a President George W. Bush appointee, said after Trump lawyers conceded that observers had been admitted to the facility.
Diamond urged both parties to seek a resolution by agreeing to a set of mutually satisfactory rules for observation. They ultimately agreed that a fixed number of observers from each campaign—up to sixty—could be admitted. The suit was dismissed without prejudice.
Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski had announced the suit to sue the Philadelphia elections board about 5 p.m. Thursday outside the city’s ballot counting center.
Judge Guarantees GOP Observers Can Watch Ballot Counts, Elections Board Appeals DecisionEarlier in the day, a Pennsylvania judge had ruled in favor of guaranteeing Republican observers the right to watch ballot counts from no more than six feet away.
Just hours after the court ruling, the Philadelphia Board of Elections requested an appeal, seeking for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review the ruling. A court spokeswoman confirmed to The Epoch Times via email that the court received the appeal.
"In Philadelphia, observers have been kept far away, very far away so far that people are trying to use the binoculars," Trump said. He added that election officials even "put paper on the windows so that you can't see."
Non-Compliance to Court Order: Trump CampaignFormer Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Lewandowski said at a press conference that the Sheriff was not enforcing the latest order from Judge Cannon.
"The court order is in effect, [but] they will not give us access, and the Sheriff has decided not to come down here to enforce that court order," Lewandowski told the crowd. "The Sheriff of your county will not come down and enforce a court order. What is going on in this city? What are you hiding? Open up the doors, let us in, let us 6 feet away so that we can have a free and fair election."
Bondi also described how the poll workers in Philadelphia are "still not in compliance."
"Our votes are being suppressed, we cannot count the votes properly," she said. "What's happening is they have moved the barriers up to 6 feet, but they took away the ballot machines that were in the front row and moved them to the back of the building.
"It's unbelievable what they're trying to do ... whether you're a Democrat or Republican, your legal votes must be tabulated and they're not doing that, they will not let us see anything."
"We are not going to stand for this, we're not going anywhere," she added. "They are defying a court order by the judge. This is not the last of this."
According to The Associated Press at 8:30 p.m. EDT, Trump is currently holding a 1 percent lead at 49.9 percent over Biden at 48.9 percent, with an estimated 89 percent of the votes counted. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes up for grabs.