President Donald Trump’s election campaign highlighted his legal assault across key battle states on Thursday, rushing to Pennsylvania as state judges deny or dismiss the Georgia lawsuits and Michigan.
According to NBC News, the race to the White House takes place in only a handful of states – particularly Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona, all of which are too close to call, according to NBC News. NBC News predicted that Joe Biden had won over Michigan and was the clear winner in Wisconsin, giving the former vice president a lead ahead of Trump. But both remain wary of the 270 delegates needed to win the White House, raising stakes in states that still stand out, especially Pennsylvania, with 20 Electoral College votes.
The President and his allies have repeatedly hypothesized that the continuous counting of qualified votes is a sign of fraud. On Thursday, the president simplified his message to call for a complete halt of the regular counting of votes.
On Wednesday, Trump̵7;s campaign filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, and said it would require a “recount” in Wisconsin.
Justin Levitt, professor at Loyola Law School and former deputy attorney general of the Justice Department overseeing voting rights cases, said the lawsuits were a non-serious attempt, focusing on minor issues in part. because it is too early for any other kind of legal action.
“If this was a legal fight, he was armed with water polo, and added that election litigation only affects election results when there is a razor thin margin in a state,” Levitt said. only. “Don’t expect the lawsuit to stop, but don’t expect it to work either.”
Until the states finished counting the votes, he said, it was still unclear if the lawsuits would affect the outcome of a race.
“It’s interesting that the winning rate is 537 votes,” he said, referring to the odds ratio in Florida in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. “You remember hanging up the chats, but there were 13 different lawsuits after Election Day in Florida.”
Biden’s election lawyer, Bob Bauer, called a series of lawsuits “unjust” and “stupid”.
Below is an analysis of the legal action and the status of the various lawsuits.
Pennsylvania: Great for poll followers, voting deadlines, and more
Trump’s campaign kicked off Thursday by claiming victory after a Philadelphia court said followers of their poll could stand closer to the action. Vote counting was halted temporarily as officials rearranged part of the room where the boarding took place, resuming after what the bipartisan board of elected officials said was “temporary. pause briefly “.
“Can’t stress enough how big a win it was,” said Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign chief and senior adviser, during a call with reporters early Monday morning. Year. “We have been denied entry into polling booths in Philadelphia. This ruling today by the court of appeals in Pennsylvania, it guarantees that we will be able to see the tally counted ballots in a place of known corruption. to the freaks of Election Day and after. “
City officials petitioned to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
There was no evidence of voter fraud in Philadelphia, and Clark was wrong to say that poll followers were denied access: Poll’s followers were always in the room, despite being loved. the bridge stood away from the counting machine. There’s also a live stream.
Later in the day, Trump’s election campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit arguing that around 600 mail ballots in the state should not be counted.
Trump’s campaign submitted several legal moves on Wednesday in Pennsylvania, requiring the counting of votes to stop “until there is meaningful transparency” to satisfy Republican concerns about cheating.
The campaign and the RNC also require a state appeals court to rule that the secretary of state was wrong to say that voters must provide them until November 12 to provide missing proof of identity for mail ballots. . Republicans said the deadline was supposed to be Nov. 9. On Thursday, a Pennsylvania appellate court ordered special processing of ballots for which missing voter ID information was provided as of September 9. November 11 through 12. Those ballots will not count until the court resolves the issue.
That is a tactical victory that will not affect the vote count immediately.
Trump’s election campaign told reporters on Thursday that to expect more legal action to try and take a closer look at the vote count that happened before they were allowed to stand much closer to the tally activities. promissory note.
Trump’s campaign also intervened on Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by five Pennsylvania Republican members against Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar in state court about allowing voters to have defective ballots. directly vote provisionally in their vote-counting efforts.
The lawsuit alleges that the Commonwealth of voting rules do not allow mail ballots to be processed, and submitting a direct provisional ballot effectively does it. Members of the National Democratic Party intervened on behalf of the state.
The president’s attorneys are also demanding that he intervene in the current Supreme Court case that challenges the extension of the time limit for postal voting in Pennsylvania. The judges split in the 4-4 ruling in that case last month, effectively upholding the state court’s ruling that votes received three days after the election could be counted. It was difficult for the Supreme Court to act on this request immediately.
It’s not clear how many ballots could be affected by that action – Post office until Friday to deliver any outstanding ballots.
The Governor of the Commonwealth of Nations, Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned the Trump campaign’s legitimate moves on Wednesday.
“These efforts to overthrow this democratic process are disgraceful,” Wolf said in a statement.
Nevada: A signature match and more
Trump’s campaign said it was filing a lawsuit in federal court in Nevada on Thursday, asking the judge to stop counting votes because of what they allege was “thousands” of illegal votes.
Richard Grenell, Trump’s former acting director of national intelligence, stated that the campaign was not allowed to observe the process. He gave no evidence of “thousands” of fraudulent votes.
“The ballots are not automatically legal until they are checked and we are not allowed to,” Grenell said at a press conference.
Grenell’s assertion is inaccurate and misleading. Election officials, not lobbying and verifying voters’ votes. And both Republican and Democratic poll followers are observing the vote count in Nevada.
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected Trump’s final campaign attempt on Monday night to halt the processing of mail-based ballots and the use of signature verification software in Clark County, allowing the county to proceed. Planned votes on Election Day.
The state’s supreme court did not seem to agree with the appellants, writing in a Tuesday evening order that “the appellants did not demonstrate successful enough to deserve a stay or order.” They also noted that the lawsuit failed in the district court because it lacked “evidence support” and stance and that the appeal did not change that.
The lawsuit has yet to be dismissed and a quick review has been granted, with more briefs coming on Monday.
Georgia: A ballot lawsuit. Removed.
A state court judge in Georgia dismissed the lawsuit filed by Trump and the Georgia Republican campaign on Wednesday, claiming that the late mailing ballots had been mixed with the incoming ballots. on time. The lawsuit included an observer’s request, who claimed he had seen evidence of such adulteration.
The judge said on Thursday there was no evidence that the ballots observed by observers were actually received after the vote-by-mail cutoff period. “There is no evidence that the Chatham County Elections Council or the Chatham County Registration Council have failed to comply with the law,” said the judge.
Michigan: Requesting to stop counting. Negative
Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit with the Michigan Claims Court on Wednesday. Campaign manager Bill Stepien said they requested to stop counting votes until the campaign could have more “meaningful access” to observe the vote processing and counting. A state court denied the request, saying the campaign did not provide evidence that the law was being violated.
NBC News predicted Wednesday that Biden had won Michigan, with 99% of the expected votes counted.
“Michigan’s elections have been conducted transparently, with access provided to both political parties and the general public, and using a robust checks and balances system to ensure that all votes are counted fairly and accurately, “Ryan Jarvi, the press secretary for Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said in a statement.
The Democratic National Committee intervened to defend the state in the case.