November 6, 2020

Trump Campaign Combats Election Fraud, Supreme Court Issues Order

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

President Trump has filed lawsuits in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, in preparation for using legal means to contest the election results. Judges in those states have dismissed Trump’s lawsuits, and the Nevada GOP has filed a lawsuit against Clark County election officials. The Supreme Court ordered on Friday evening that mail-in ballots received in Pennsylvania after the evening of the election must be kept in a separate container, and counted separately.

The Background:

The Associated Press reports that the Trump campaign is contesting the election through legal means, filing lawsuits in states that appear to have had massive voter fraud. The lawsuits involve increasing the strictness of absentee ballot requirements and providing better access to campaign observers where ballots are being counted. The Associated Press states that judges in Michigan and Georgia have dismissed the lawsuit. USA Today reports that Pennsylvania judges dismissed lawsuits as well. 

The Trump campaign has asked for a temporary stop in counting in Pennsylvania and Michigan until all previously counted ballots can be verified. The campaign has also requested a recount in Wisconsin, the Associated Press reports. 

The Washington Post writes that the Pennsylvania Republican Party filed a request that the Supreme Court stop the counting of mail-in ballots received after Election Day. According to the Daily Wire, the Supreme Court ordered on Friday that ballots received by mail in Pennsylvania after 8:00 PM on November 3rd must be separated from the other ballots, and kept in a secure and sealed container. While he did not grant the request to halt the counting of ballots in Pennsylvania, Justice Alito ordered that county election officials count the late mail-in ballots separately. 

USA Today reports that the Nevada Republican Party has decided to sue election officials in Clark County, due to continued “irregularities” and “lax procedures,” including ballots from deceased voters. 

Notable Quotes:

“The lawsuits in multiple states highlight that the Trump campaign could be confronting a political map in which it might have to persuade courts in two or more states to set aside enough votes to overturn the results.” - The Associated Press

All county boards of election are hereby ordered, pending further order of the Court, to comply with the following guidance provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth on October 28 and November 1, namely, (1) that all ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. on November 3 be segregated and kept ‘in a secure, safe and sealed container separate from other voted ballots,’ and (2) that all such ballots, if counted, be counted separately.” - Justice Samuel Alito, Supreme Court, Daily Wire


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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