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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

Trump Election Lawsuit Against Penn. Goes to Court Today

What's Happening:

  • The Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to stop Pennsylvania from certifying the election results goes to court on Tuesday.

  • Trump's lawyers had requested a delay but U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann denied the request and told them they must show up and “be prepared for argument and questioning.”

  • Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has asked the court to throw out the lawsuit saying the allegations in the filings are “at best, garden-variety irregularities” and inconsequential to the outcome of the election. Biden’s positive margin in the state is now nearly 70,000 votes.

  • The argument Trump's lawyers are making revolves around how some counties allowed voters to fix, or "cure", their mail-in ballots. The Trump campaign originally filed cases seeking to throw out nearly 9,000 absentee ballots because their outer envelopes lacked names, dates or addresses but lost those cases because the judges said the instructions on the ballots did not require that the voters do so.

  • Now Trump's lawyers are targeting a similar argument on ballots that did not include secrecy envelopes. The campaign claims that "Democratic heavy counties" notified voters about the problem and allowed them to fix it but that counties in Republican areas “followed the law and did not provide a notice and cure process, disenfranchising many.”

  • The Trump campaign has said in court that it is not alleging voter fraud in these cases, it simply wishes to enforce the rules.

  • Several state officials argue that this filing is inconsequential because, even if the Trump campaigns wins the case and thousands of ballots are thrown out, it still would not be enough to overcome the large margin between Biden and Trump and change the outcome of the election results.

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