Pennsylvania’s Trump campaign lawsuit goes to court

The hearing of the Trump campaign’s federal lawsuit to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying vote results remains on track Tuesday as a judge quickly denied the campaign’s request for a new attorney.

US Middle District Judge Matthew Bronn, Donald J. Trump told lawyers for President Inc. and counties and state election officials that it has sued that they should “be prepared for arguments and questioning” in Williamsport federal court.

The Trump campaign wants to stop the certification of results that give President-elect Joe Biden the state’s 20 electoral votes, suing election procedures that were not uniform across the state.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bokovar has called the allegations filed in court “at best, garden-variety irregularities.”

Bran scheduled a hearing to discuss the campaign’s request for a temporary restraining order as well as a request to dismiss the defendants’ case.

After Trump’s campaign was represented on Friday by Pittsburgh lawyers, Philadelphia election attorney Linda Kerns and two Texas lawyers also withdrew on Monday.

The losing candidate in the 2012 Republican US Senate primary, Camp Hill lawyer Mark Scarringi, informed the judge that he was stepping into it, but he was not delayed.

The Associated Press has declared Biden the winner of the presidential contest, but Trump has refused to budge and is blocking Biden’s efforts toward a smooth transition of power. With Georgia the only state, Biden has collected at least 290 electoral votes – just enough that there will be no way open for Trump to have a second term by reversing the Pennsylvania result.

Biden’s margin in the state is now around 70,000 votes.

Trump posed a legal challenge to how some voters are let voters fix, or “cure”, mail-in ballots that lack the envelope of secrecy or cause other problems. The presidential campaign lawsuits claimed that the counties’ inconsistent practices violated the due process and constitutional rights of equal protection under the law and resulted in “unlawful dilution or misconduct” of the votes cast.

“Democratic heavy counties,” the lawsuit alleges, notified voters about a lack of privacy envelopes or other problems for some time to fix them, but counties in Republican areas “followed the law and Did not provide a notice and treatment process, defaming many. “

In Republican presidential campaign claims “were not allowed to recover improperly”, Bodenvar and the Election Board want to sue seven Biden-majority counties to prevent absentees and co-defendants from mail-in ballots. is.

Bokovar’s lawyers described Trump’s claims as generalized complaints and speculative injuries that would not warrant throwing out election results.

He told Bran that other counties may have allowed their voters to fix the problem in mail-in ballots, but did not elect.

“Election practices are not required to meet the least common denominator, and the plaintiff’s arguments would unfairly punish counties that are encouraging them by helping voters avoid the disqualification of ballots,” he wrote.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated that the election went well and international observers confirmed that there was no serious irregularity.

The issues Trump’s campaign and his allies have pointed to are specific in every election: signatures, confidentiality envelopes and postage marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the possibility of a small number of ballots being lost or lost. Under Biden Trump’s leadership, with wide margins in major battlegrounds, none of those issues will have any impact on the outcome of the election.

Trump’s campaign has also triggered legal challenges complaining that its poll watchers were unable to investigate the voting process. Many of those challenges have been overthrown by judges, some within hours of their filing; And again, none of the complaints show any evidence that the election result was affected.

In a court filing last week, a group represented by the ACLU of Pennsylvania argued that Trump is giving the campaign what it wants will create its own constitutional problems.

“This would mean that not only does Pennsylvania not attend Electoral College, but that Pennsylvania will send no representatives to the US House in January, and that by December 1, the Commonwealth will have only 25 state senators and zero state representatives.” Brann.


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