(ConservativePeak.com)- Democrats won a victory for mail-in voting in Pennsylvania, which could be a big swing state in next month’s presidential election.
On Saturday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that was filed by the re-election campaign for President Donald Trump. The suit was seeking to block drop boxes for the vote-by-mail system in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania law allows voters to place mail-in ballots in drop boxes. This is an alternative for people who want to drop off their ballots in person instead of sending them through the United States Postal Service. The drop boxes look just like mailboxes.
The Trump campaign claimed that the drop boxes encourage voter fraud.
The lawsuit also wanted to change a Pennsylvania law that restricts poll watchers from monitoring the voting sites within their county. The Trump re-election campaign was hoping residents from any part of the state could monitor any polling location.
The campaign wanted to ban these sites that aren’t “staffed, secured and employed consistently within and across all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.”
Finally, Trump’s campaign was looking to force election officials in Pennsylvania to disqualify any vote-by-mail ballots that didn’t have the voter’s signature matching what the county election office had on file.
Wolf sent guidance last month to county election officials that Pennsylvania law doesn’t allow them to reject a vote-by-mail ballot solely on the grounds of a “perceived signature inconsistency.”
At least 20 of the state’s counties have said they plan to employ a combination of satellite election offices as well as drop boxes to collect the huge influx of vote-by-mail ballots they expect to get this election.
In his ruling, U.S. district judge J. Nicholas Ranjan rejected the Trump campaign’s claims of potential voter fraud, writing:
“They must at least prove that such fraud is ‘certainly impending.’ They haven’t met that burden. At most, they have pieced together a sequence of uncertain assumptions.”
Part of Ranjan’s ruling came from his citing similar decisions by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ranjan was appointed to his post by President Trump.
Following the decision, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement:
“The ruling is a complete rejection of the continued misinformation about voter fraud and corruption, and those who seek to sow chaos and discord ahead of the upcoming election.”
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, told the Associated Press:
“We told the Trump campaign and the president, ‘put up or shut up’ to his claims of voter fraud in Pennsylvania. It’s important to note they didn’t even need to prove actual voter fraud, just that it was likely or impending, and they couldn’t even do that.”
The Trump campaign said it planned to file an appeal to one element of Judge Ranjan’s decision. They said the appeal would focus on the actual ballot boxes, and not the other two elements of the case.
In a statement, the president’s re-election campaign said it was looking forward to a quick appeals court decision “that will further protect Pennsylvania voters from the Democrats’ radical voting system.”