President Donald Trump’s campaign has withdrawn a key part of its lawsuit seeking to stop certifying election results in PennsylvaniaAs Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump to seize the state and help win the White House.
Ahead of a hearing in the case on Tuesday, the Trump campaign on Sunday dropped the claim that 682,479 mailed and absentee ballots had been processed illegally without their representatives being observed.
The campaign’s watered-down lawsuit, which was filed in federal court Sunday, maintains the goal of preventing Pennsylvania from certifying Biden’s victory in the state, and insists on its claim that Democratic voters have been treated better than Republican voters.
The Associated Press called for the presidential contest for former Vice President Joe Biden on November 7, after deciding that the remaining votes to be counted in Pennsylvania would not allow Trump to catch up. Trump refused to compromise.
The remaining suit in the lawsuit centers on the exclusion of ballot papers made by voters who had the opportunity to fix ballot papers by mail that were to be disqualified for technical reasons.
The lawsuit accuses “heavy democratic boycotts” violating the law by identifying ballot papers in the mail before election day that have flaws – such as lack of an internal “secret envelope” or the lack of a voter’s signature on the external envelope – so that the voter can fix it and make sure that their vote will affect , A move called “cure.”
The lawsuit said that the provinces of heavy Republican “followed the law and did not provide notice and treatment process, which led to the deprivation of many of their rights.”
Cliff Levin, an attorney representing the Democratic National Committee who is seeking the intervention, said it was unclear how many voters had the opportunity to fix the ballot papers. But he said the number was minuscule and certainly less than the margin – around 70,000 – that separates Biden and Trump. Levin said: “The numbers are not close to the margin between the two candidates, nor even close.”
However, there is no provision in state law that prohibits counties from assisting voters in fixing a ballot that has a technical defect. Levin said the lawsuit did not contain any allegations that someone voted illegally.
“They should really sue the provinces that didn’t allow this [voters] To make corrections, Levine said. “The goal should be to make sure every vote matters.”
Pennsylvania’s chief election official, Secretary of State Cathy Boukfar, a Democrat, responded in court on Sunday, asking the judge to dismiss the case. State attorneys wrote that the state courts are appropriate jurisdiction over the subject matter, and the lawsuit does not contain a “reasonable claim for relief on any legal theory.”
More than 2.6 million mailed ballots have been reported by counties, and no reporting of fraud or accuracy issues has been filed by state or county election officials or prosecutors.
One of the main themes for Trump and his supporters has been their claim that Philadelphia – a Democratic stronghold in which Trump lost so badly – did not allow Trump campaign representatives to view, process and schedule mail-order ballots.
However, Republican attorneys have acknowledged in separate federal court proceedings that they have obtained testimonies of observers viewing mail-order ballots being processed in Philadelphia. Governor Tom Wolf’s administration said that poll monitors on all sides had observers throughout the process and that “any hint to the contrary is a lie.”