Pennsylvania Philadelphia County BOE Appeal
In re: Canvass of Absentee and Mail-In Ballots of November 3, 2020 General Election
Petition filed by the Trump campaign appealing the Philadelphia County Board of Elections’ (BOE) decision to count five different categories of around 8,000 absentee and mail-in ballots: those that are missing handwritten names, street addresses, dates or some combination of the three on the outer return envelope of the ballot. The trial court upheld the Philadelphia County BOE’s decision to count the ballots, finding that the omission of the challenged information does not promote fraud. The Trump campaign appealed this decision, but the Philadelphia County BOE moved to transfer the case to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to exercise the court’s “extraordinary jurisdiction.” The state Supreme Court granted the application and affirmed the trial court’s decision upholding the Philadelphia County BOE’s inclusion of the challenged ballots.