Trump campaign sues over Pennsylvania mail-in voting system

Trump campaign sues over Pennsylvania mail-in voting system

Despite the legal efforts, many Republican leaders believe that it will not be able to overturn the election results in Trump's favor.

They also alleged that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision exacerbated risks of absentee ballot fraud. "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rewrote that law".

With the Trump campaign frantically attempting to challenge vote-counting procedures in several battleground states where the president's early leads have evaporated, a prominent conservative attorney and co-chair of Lawyers for Trump openly admitted in a television interview Thursday that the campaign's ultimate hope is for newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to "come through" and decide the election.

President Donald Trump's campaign launched a lawsuit to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, suing Monday as counties continued to sort through provisional ballots and mail-in ballots almost a week after the election in the battleground state. The filing of the suit couldn't be confirmed on the court docket Monday evening. The campaign has brought claims in Nevada and Arizona over smaller numbers of votes. It has created chaos that makes it impossible for state legislatures to know in advance whether the election rules they have enacted will or will not be reimagined by courts, the brief said. "Courts will not disturb election results based on unproven generalized claims about the theoretical possibility of fraud".

The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has consequences that could have a national ripple effect in future elections, the brief reads.

Judges have already tossed cases in Georgia and MI. The federal Supreme Court on a 4-4 split decision let the decision of Pennsylvania's highest court stand. "They created an overtime - extended the period of time by which those ballots can be received".

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Monday joined nine other Republican attorneys general in a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court that allowed Pennsylvania elections officials to count late-arriving absentee ballots. Alito referred that issue to the full court for possible further action.

"The election is not over", Trump's general counsel, Matthew Morgan, said in a news conference in Washington. "We think this is a very, very important case".

President Donald Trump, as per USA media outlets, lost the election in the key state of Pennsylvania that has crucial 20 electoral college votes. And Biden is also still leading in Georgia, which could gain him another 16 electoral votes.

"For the first argument, the brief states that the decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, "(1) admitted that the Legislature's Election Day deadline was unambiguous, (2) conceded that the Election Day deadline was constitutional on its face, (3) relied on the slimmest of evidentiary rationales for its decision, (4) departed its own prior holding on the exact same question just a few months earlier, and (5) disregarded an admirably clear severability clause that was enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature for the very goal of preventing Pennsylvania courts from making such post-hoc changes to Pennsylvania's mail-in voting system". "A challenge in a single state is a long shot".

The brief makes three main arguments.

Hunter, the Oklahoma attorney general, called the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision "one of the most breathtaking abuses of judicial authority that I've seen".

The only allegations of "fraud" in Monday's Trump campaign lawsuit affected fewer than a dozen votes.

"This assumes that the problem is evidentiary", Levitt said.

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School questioned whether such evidence would emerge.

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