A Pennsylvania court on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters on November 9 to prevent the state electoral administration from declaring Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the election.
A few hours before the start of the hearing, Trump’s headquarters asked to allow Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to appear in court. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Giuliani has led a new legal team to continue the legal battle.
On Monday, three lawyers representing the Trump campaign announced their rejection, saying that the headquarters had agreed to do so. Judge Matthew Brann allowed two of the three lawyers to withdraw from the case.
Legal scholars believe that the lawsuits are unlikely to change the outcome of the elections. A senior lawyer from Biden’s team called the lawsuits “theatricality.”
The campaign headquarters and Trump supporters have filed lawsuits in several states, trying to challenge the election result.
Taking the lead in Pennsylvania, Biden received more than 270 electoral votes to win. Biden has 306 electoral votes, and Trump has 232, according to Edison Research’s tally published Friday.
The Pennsylvania lawsuit revolves around allegations that voters were improperly allowed to correct ballots that were invalidated for technical reasons.
Trump’s headquarters says that in districts that sympathize with Democrats, mailed ballots with defects were illegally identified before election day so voters can correct mistakes.
The Pennsylvania government asked the court to dismiss the claim, saying that all counties were allowed to inform voters about errors in their ballots, although it was not required.
The state electoral authorities also emphasize that there are very few ballots in question. In Pennsylvania, Biden is forecast to be ahead of Trump by more than 70,000 votes, with a score of 49.9 percent to 48.8 percent.
State Secretary Katie Primer is due to officially announce the election results on November 23rd, so Judge Brann will have to make a decision soon.