Trump campaign files lawsuit in Wisconsin challenging 221,000 ballots

Trump campaign files lawsuit in Wisconsin challenging 221,000 ballots

In Wisconsin, Biden won by 20,700 votes against Trump, who has refused to concede the election results so far.

Monday confirmed president-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state following a partial recount. The Trump campaign claims that the Democracy in the Park initiative violated Wisconsin law since these events took place outside of the county's approved polling locations and did not follow the state's absentee voting requirements.

Ducey, in a string of tweets, defended the voting system in the state, while acknowledging that the certification triggers a five-day window "for any elector to bring a credible challenge to the election results in court".

The lead lawyer on the Trump legal team, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, said the election lawsuits aim to protect American voters.

He did not directly address Mr Trump's claims of irregularities but said the state pulled off a successful election with a mix of in-person and mail voting despite the pandemic.

The Trump campaign claims that officials illegally counted 28,395 absentee ballots cast under false pretenses of Indefinite Confinement.

"The officials certifying have made no effort to find out the truth, which to me, gives the state Legislature the flawless reason to take over the conduct of this election because it's being conducted irresponsibly and unfairly", Giuliani said.

Mr Biden beat Mr Trump by just over 10,400 ballots in a state where turnout was high, and shifting demographics saw a growing population of young Hispanic voters.

In Phoenix, a judge has scheduled a Thursday trial in Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward's lawsuit that seeks to annul Biden's victory in the state. Tony Evers, a Democrat, acted too early in certifying the election results on Monday afternoon, following the state elections board canvassing the statewide results and finding Biden winning.

Biden is now projected to win 360 electoral votes, well above the 270 threshold needed for victory under the US Electoral College system.

Mr Trump is mounting a long-shot attempt to overturn the results by disqualifying as many as 238,000 ballots.

The Trump campaign is also trying to toss out ballots from all voters who newly claimed after March 25, the day the first stay at home order went into effect in Wisconsin, that they were "indefinitely confined", which allows voters to submit an absentee ballot without a copy of a photo ID.

Trump's suit alleges that Wisconsin Gov. Such a declaration exempts voters from having to show photo identification to cast a ballot.

Officials in the state said there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud and that the election was conducted fairly.

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