Why It’s Necessary to Watch Them Count the Votes in Pennsylvania

Article author: 
Kris W. Kobach
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Article date: 
4 November 2020
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National News
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The Trump campaign and its attorneys have moved swiftly to file suit in Pennsylvania.  The lawsuit seeks to stop the counting of votes until the Trump campaign is permitted to exercise its legal right to have poll watchers present and able to observe proceedings from a meaningful distance. 

There had been multiple reports of Republican poll watchers in Pennsylvania being denied any access to the polls on election day, or in other cases being “permitted” to watch but only at such a great distance that it was impossible to observe what was happening....

Poll watchers at the vote-counting stage serve an extremely important purpose:  they keep the election officials honest.  Making sure that the signatures on the absentee ballot envelopes match, ensuring that the same rules are applied to Democrats as are applied to Republicans, and generally holding the vote counters’ feet to the fire....

Philadelphia has a history not only of reports of election officials violating the law, it also has a history of convictions of election officials for violating the law....
If there is any jurisdiction in the country in which Republicans have a strong reason to watch the vote-counters, it’s Philadelphia.  Not to mention the fact that it is their legal right to do so and a sound practice in any jurisdiction....