The president and his campaign team stated that they will go all out to fight for the election results. Trump repeatedly tweeted on the 10th, declaring that “great progress is being made”, “results will come out next week,” and “we will win.”
Since voting day, the Trump campaign has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in at least five states in an attempt to reverse the election results. But so far, their litigation efforts have had little effect. “You can’t go to court just because you don’t like the result of the vote.” Ohio election law professor Ned Free said. “You must have a legal claim, you must have evidence to support it. But you can’t see it now.”
Which lawsuits the Trump campaign has filed so far is summarized as follows:
1. Pennsylvania: The extension of the date is unconstitutional and the observers stand too far
The key “swing state” Pennsylvania is the heartland of Trump’s litigation offensive.
Pennsylvania law originally required that mailed ballots must be delivered before the end of voting on election night. However, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed mailed ballots stamped on November 3 to reach the election office by November 6 at the latest on the grounds of mail delays and the new crown epidemic.
The Trump team firmly opposes counting “late” votes and is pushing the US Supreme Court to reject this operation. So far, they have achieved certain victory in court. A state court and the state supreme court separately ruled that if the state’s extension of the deadline for mailing ballots is deemed unconstitutional, local officials must isolate some votes. It is unclear how many such votes will be available. Legal experts believe that the number of late votes is relatively small, and even if the Supreme Court ultimately vetoes these votes, it will not be enough to overturn Biden’s current lead of 45,000 votes.
In addition, another lawsuit by the Trump team has also made slight progress. A federal judge ruled that local election observers can stand closer to election officials than before; but the observer’s request to suspend the counting process was rejected by the judge.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro told U.S. media that despite Trump’s remarks about a “significant” legal victory in Pennsylvania, these lawsuits have so far not brought substantial changes to the electoral process and are not considered What a “major victory”.
On the afternoon of the 9th, some senior Republicans announced at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee that they had filed a new lawsuit in Pennsylvania to prevent the locals from confirming that Biden had won in the state on the grounds that the Republicans were unfair and unequal in the election. treatment. The lawsuit is still ongoing.
2. Michigan: lack of transparency, election officials cheating
Michigan is also an industrial state and an important “battlefield state” in the Great Lakes region that was “floating red” four years ago and now “turning blue”. Biden won the local victory with approximately 147,000 votes.
The Trump team filed at least two lawsuits with local courts, both of which require suspension of state-wide vote counting and postpone certification of vote counting results. The reasons are that the election observers did not get the proper opportunity to observe the ballot counting process; the election staff artificially repaired the ballots that were not read by the machine.
But the local judge was unmoved. Last week, Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed a separate request to stop the state’s vote counting: “As far as the factual record is concerned, I have no basis for judging that there is a great possibility of success in the case.” At the same time, Judge Di Mosie Kenny rejected the request to postpone the certification of the election results. He pointed out that the court held that although the plaintiff had made a claim, there was no evidence to support his claim.
However, the Trump campaign said on the 10th that they have more evidence about the Detroit election process and will file a new lawsuit.
3. Arizona: “Marker Pen Gate”
The Trump team and the Republican National Committee previously filed a lawsuit, claiming that some voters’ ballots were incorrectly rejected because they were filled out with oil-based markers.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security subsequently determined that this was false news and called on the public not to misrepresent the news. But this statement is still going viral on social media.
Last Saturday, Arizona Republicans withdrew the marker pen lawsuit, but then filed another lawsuit alleging that other ballots in the state were wrongly rejected, thus depriving Trump of thousands of potential votes. The preliminary hearing on the 9th revealed that 180 votes may be affected. The lawsuit is still ongoing, and the next hearing is scheduled for Thursday (12th). The US media predicts that the Trump team will produce some evidence to support their claims.
Arizona Secretary of State and Democrat Hobbs called the lawsuit a “repackaging” of the “marker door.” “These claims are baseless… those people are grabbing life-saving straws.”
4. Georgia: “Late” ballot should be void
The Trump team previously filed a lawsuit in the local area, demanding that about 53 ballots be disqualified for counting, because local election observers identified these ballots as invalid votes that missed the voting deadline at 7 pm on November 3 and should not be related to legitimate votes. mixed together.
Last week, Georgia Judge James Bass dismissed the lawsuit because the observers could not provide any evidence that the ballots were “late”, so the ballots are still valid.
On the 9th, two Republican senators from Georgia called on the state secretary of state and Republican Ravensperger to resign on the grounds that “there are too many failures in the Georgia election this year.” Ravensperger fired back, saying, “My job is to abide by state laws and ensure that all legal votes are counted correctly and accurately… As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate.” He suggested two. Councillors pinpoint their concerns.
Since the vote gap between the two is within 0.5%, Georgia still needs to recount the votes. However, foreign media predict that the recounting of votes is unlikely to change the expected results of the state, because Biden still has a lead of more than 12,000 votes.
5. Nevada: Insufficient observations, machine mischecking signatures
Nevada is currently also a state where Biden has won by a rather narrow advantage. The Trump team has lost two lawsuits locally. The first is to require Clark County to completely stop the counting of mailed ballots until they can guarantee meaningful ballot observation; the second is to accuse Clark County, the state’s most populous county, of “existing election violations” and that machines should not be used to verify ballot signatures. This led to doubts about the legitimacy of more than 3,000 votes.
Regarding the first lawsuit, the district judge dismissed it last week, ruling lack of evidence. But the plaintiff appealed. On November 5, the state Supreme Court stated that the two parties had reached a settlement. In response to the second request, Federal Judge Andrew Gordon dismissed it on the 6th and also ruled that there was no evidence that the ticket-reading machine in Clark County was not working properly.
The Trump campaign also stated that they will ask Wisconsin to recount the votes on the grounds that there are “violations” in several local counties.
At present, in addition to some progress in Pennsylvania, the Trump team’s efforts in various places basically ended in failure. Earlier news said that Trump will expose “vote corruption” on the Fox program on the evening of the 10th. However, as of 2 a.m. local time on the 11th, the Fox News website had no relevant reports, and the homepage of the website still greeted Biden’s news photos.