US Courts Continue Election-Related Claims

US Courts Continue Election-Related Claims
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The campaign headquarters of US President Donald Trump on Monday sued Pennsylvania Secretary of State Katie Primer to prevent her from declaring the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the state vote count. In Pennsylvania, the winner receives 20 electoral votes.

Biden pulled ahead in the state on Saturday, securing the necessary electoral votes to be elected, but Trump refuses to admit defeat.

Trump’s headquarters have filed a series of lawsuits in many states. Most of the lawsuits challenge the counting methodology or the validation of ballots received by mail after election day.

Several claims have already been dismissed. Legal experts believe that the claims are too narrow in nature and unlikely to affect the outcome. Trump and also claims large-scale election fraud.

Below is a list of the states where court battles unfold:

Pennsylvania

Several lawsuits are expected in Pennsylvania.

Trump’s headquarters went to federal court on Monday to issue an injunction to prevent officials from witnessing Biden’s victory in the state.

The lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania’s mail-order voting system does not provide the same degree of transparency and verification as voting in person.

Last Wednesday, Trump’s headquarters tried to intervene in a Supreme Court case by challenging a Pennsylvania High Court ruling that allowed ballots mailed no later than election day to be counted, even if received within three days of the election.

On Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ordered state election commissions to separate ballots mailed after 8:00 pm on election day.

Pennsylvania officials said the ballots were only a small fraction of the total and were already stacked separately.

Earlier, the judges ruled that there was not enough time to make a decision on the merits of the case before election day, but indicated that they could return to it later.

Alito, joined by conservative judges Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsach, noted the “high likelihood” that the Pennsylvania court’s ruling violated the US Constitution.

Trump’s headquarters have also filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia, and the court has expanded access for counting observers in the city.

Philadelphia’s election officials said the city’s observer rules were driven by security and social distancing concerns.

Arizona

Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Arizona on Saturday, alleging that Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, had wrongly rejected a number of election day votes.

The lawsuit, filed with the State Supreme Court, says election officials told some voters to press a button after a machine gun detected an attempt to re-cast.

Trump’s headquarters insist that this is a violation of voters’ rights and affects votes that could be decisive.

Nevada

A voter, journalist, and two candidates’ headquarters have sued the Nevada Secretary of State in an effort to ban the use of the signature verification system in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, and provide free access to the counting of votes.

On Friday, a federal judge denied the request, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the county.

Georgia

Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Chatham County on Wednesday, claiming the late ballots received were mixed with valid ones. Plaintiffs require that late ballots be separated and not counted.

On Thursday, the court dismissed the claim.

Michigan

Trump’s headquarters filed a lawsuit in Michigan on Wednesday to stop counting, saying campaign observers were denied “meaningful access” to observe ballot counting.

Judge Cynthia Stevens dropped the case on Thursday.

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