Pennsylvania court blocks counting of some provisional ballots

FILE PHOTO: Observers watch a poll worker tabulate ballots at the Allegheny County Election Warehouse after the election in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 6, 2020. REUTERS/John Altdorfer

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court on Thursday barred county election officials from counting provisional ballots that were cast on Election Day by voters whose absentee or mail-in ballots were received on time.

Those provisional ballots were ordered last week to be separated until the Commonwealth Court determine the validity of the votes. The case was brought by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden has been projected to win Pennsylvania, giving him enough electoral votes to become the president-elect.

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