GOP court challenges to 2020 election procedures continue
Trump’s headquarters disputes counting results in several states
The campaign headquarters of US President Donald Trump on Monday sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Katie Primer to prevent her from declaring the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the state vote count. In Pennsylvania, winner receives 20 electoral votes.
Biden pulled ahead in this state on Saturday, thereby securing the necessary electoral votes to be elected, but Trump refuses to admit defeat.
Trump’s headquarters have filed a series of lawsuits in many states. Most lawsuits dispute the counting methodology or validation of ballots received by mail after Election Day.
Several claims have already been dismissed. Legal experts believe that the claims are too narrow and unlikely to affect the outcome. Trump and also claims large-scale election fraud.
Below is a list of the states where court battles are unfolding:
Several lawsuits expected in Pennsylvania.
Trump’s headquarters filed an injunction in federal court on Monday to prevent officials from witnessing Biden’s victory in the state..
The lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania’s mail-order voting system does not provide the same degree of transparency and verification as voting in person.
Last Wednesday, Trump’s headquarters attempted to intervene in a Supreme Court pending case by challenging a Pennsylvania High Court ruling that allowed ballots mailed no later than Election Day to be counted, even if received within three days of the election..
On Friday night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered state election commissions to separate ballots mailed after 8:00 pm on Election Day..
Pennsylvania officials said the ballots were only a small fraction of the total and were already stacked separately..
Earlier, the judges ruled that there was not enough time to make a decision on the merits of the case before election day, but indicated that they could return to it later..
Alito, joined by conservative judges Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsach, noted the “high likelihood” that the Pennsylvania court’s ruling violated the US Constitution..
Trump’s headquarters also filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia, and the court expanded access for counting observers in the city..
Philadelphia election officials said the city’s observer admission rules were driven by safety and social distancing concerns..
Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Arizona on Saturday alleging that Maricopa County, the most populous in the state, improperly rejected a number of votes cast on election day..
A lawsuit filed with the State Supreme Court says election officials told some voters to press a button after a machine gun detected an attempt to re-cast..
Trump’s headquarters insist that this is a violation of voter rights and affects votes that could be decisive.
A voter, journalist, and two candidates’ headquarters sued the Nevada Secretary of State in an effort to ban the use of the signature verification system in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, and provide free access to the counting.
On Friday, a federal judge denied the request, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the county..
Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Chatham County on Wednesday, claiming late ballots received were mixed with valid ones. Plaintiffs Require Late Ballots to Be Separated and Disregarded.
On Thursday, the court dismissed the claim.
Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Michigan on Wednesday to stop counting, saying campaign observers were denied “meaningful access” to observe ballot counting..
Judge Cynthia Stevens dropped the case on Thursday.