Trump sued in 3 states, formed basis to contest election

Washington – President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia on Wednesday, laying the foundations for getting into the fray as he trailed Democrat Joe Biden in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College vote needed to win the White House. Have become.

The campaign states that new filings that have been involved in current Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada demand better access for campaign observers where ballots are processed and counted, and are absent. However, at a Michigan location in question, the Associated Press monitored the survey of both parties on Wednesday.

The AP called Michigan for Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday. Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia are undecided.

Deputy Campaign Manager Justin Clarke said the Trump campaign is also seeking to intervene in the Pennsylvania case in the Supreme Court, which could have a ballot counted up to three days after the ballot count.

The actions suggest an emerging legal strategy that the president had indicated for weeks, meaning he would attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat.

His campaign also announced it would ask for a ceremony in Wisconsin, a state called Biden on Wednesday afternoon. Campaign manager Bill Stean cited “irregularities in many Wisconsin counties” without providing specifics.

Biden said that counting should continue in all states on Wednesday, saying “no one will take our democracy away from us – not ever.”

Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said the legal challenges were not a winning campaign behavior.

“These cycles are made particularly pathetic, while Trump is demanding a count in places he has already lost, he is simultaneously engaged in futile efforts to stop the counting of votes in other states In which he is on track to lose, ”said Bates.

Election officials continued to count votes across the country, the normal process for the next day of voting. Unlike previous years, states were reeling from an avalanche of postal ballots driven by fear of voting in person during an epidemic. At least 103 million people voted either by mail or in-person, representing 74% of the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Every night, the results to be reported on election night are informal and ballot counts until the last election day. Mail ballots normally take longer to verify and count. This year, due to the large number of mail ballots and a close race, the results were expected to last longer.

The Trump campaign said it is calling for a temporary halt in counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania until it is given “meaningful” access to multiple locations and allowed to review ballots that are already open. And have been processed.

The AP’s Michigan call came for Biden after the lawsuit was filed. The president is ahead in Pennsylvania, but as the mailed ballots are counted, their margins are decreasing.

There have been no reports of fraud or any type of ballot concerns outside of Pennsylvania. The state had 3.1 million mail-in ballots that take time to count and an order allowing them to be received and counted by Friday if they were postmarked until 3 November.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a CNN interview that the lawsuit was “more a political document than a legal document.”

“There is transparency in this process. The counting of votes is going on. There are observers following this vote, and the counting will continue.

Michigan’s lawsuit claimed that state minister Jolison Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan supervisors as well as challengers. She alleged “undermining the constitutional rights of all Michigan voters … to participate in fair and legitimate elections.” The Michigan Democrats said the suit was a longshot.

Poll watchers on both sides were eyeing a major polling place on Wednesday – the TCF Center in Detroit, The Associated Press observed. He checked in at a table near the entrance to Hall E of the Convention Center and strolled among the tables where ballot processing was taking place. In some cases, they collectively come together for discussion before being out on the floor. Uniformed Detroit police officers were on hand to make sure everyone was behaving.

Mark Brewer, a former state Democratic chairman who said he was overseeing the Detroit vote count as a volunteer attorney, said he had been in TCF’s area all day and had spoken with people who Were from the last few days. He said Republicans were not denied entry.

“This is the best absentee ballot counting operation Detroit has ever performed. They are counting ballots very efficiently, despite Republicans’ interruptions. “

GOP attorneys had already faced legal challenges involving absentee votes in Pennsylvania and Nevada, facing local elections that could have taken on national importance in close elections.

In an appeal in Pennsylvania appellate court, the Trump campaign complained that one of his deputies was prevented from seeing the write-on mail-in ballots that were being opened and processed in Philadelphia. A judge in Philadelphia dismissed this, stating that election supervisors are directed to audit, not audit.

A Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure that state laws are followed on absentee ballots. Campaign officials said they were considering implementing a dozen other counties across the state with similar claims of absentee ballots.

Trump, addressing supporters at the White House in the early hours of Wednesday, called for an undetermined race in the Supreme Court. While it was unclear what he meant, his comments prevented a replay of the court’s intervention in the 2000 presidential election, which ended with George W. Bush’s decision to effectively hand over the presidency.

But there are significant differences since 2000 and they were already on display. In 2000, Republican-controlled Florida was an important state and Bush was associated with a small leadership. Democrat Al Gore asked for a withdrawal and the Supreme Court stayed it.

For some election law experts, it is now too early to call the Supreme Court to intervene, if not haste.

A case would have to come to court from a state in which the winner of the election would be determined, University of California, Irvine, law professor Richard Hasin wrote on the electoral law blog. The difference between the vote totals of the candidates will have to be smaller than the votes at stake in the lawsuit.

“As of this moment (although things may change) it does not appear that either situation will be met,” Hasin wrote.

Ohio State University election law professor Edward Foley wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, “Legitimate votes will be counted. (Supreme Court) will be involved only when votes with questionable validity will make a difference, which may not be the case. The rule of law will determine the official winner of the popular vote in each state. Let the rule of law work. ”

Biden campaign lawyer Bob Bauer said that if Trump goes to the High Court, “it would be the most shameful thing a president has ever had to suffer by the highest court of the land.”

Judges may step into a three-day extension of a dispute for absentee ballots if they prove to be crucial to the outcome in Pennsylvania.

Even a small number of contested votes matter if a state determines the winner of the election and the difference between Trump and Biden is small.


Associated Press writer Ben Nadler in Atlanta, John Fleischer in Traverse City, Mich., Mike Householder and Ed White in Detroit, Noman Merchant in Houston, Kathleen Ronne in Sacramento, California and David Eggert in Lansing, Mich. Report good.

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