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Report: Trump campaign sues to block certification of Pennsylvania election results

By: - November 10, 2020 12:26 pm

President Donald Trump campaigns in Avoca, Pa.. on Nov. 2, 2020. Following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, Democrats are weighing whether a second impeachment could bar him from seeking public office again. Source: screen capture

From our affiliate media outlet in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star:

President Donald Trump’s campaign has sued to stop the certification of election results in Pennsylvania, part of a coordinated legal blitz to push the fight over the 2020 election to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday, the Associated Press reported. It argues, without evidence, that registered Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters, the AP reported.

“The election is not over,” the Trump campaign’s general counsel, Matthew Morgan, said in a news conference in Washington, D.C.

More from the Associated Press:

The lawsuit asks the court to prevent the state, Philadelphia and six counties from certifying the results of the election. It also seeks to block them from counting mail-in ballots that weren’t witnessed by a Trump campaign representative when they were processed or counting ballots cast by voters who were given an opportunity to fix mail-in ballots that were going to be disqualified for a technicality.

It accuses Allegheny County and Philadelphia — where Trump was badly beaten in unofficial election returns — of receiving and processing 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by political parties and candidates.

In a statement, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, that ballot watchers from all parties have observers throughout the process and that “any insinuation otherwise is a lie.” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told the AP that the suit was without merit.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody on Monday got involved in case at the U.S. Supreme Court related to Pennsylvania and late-arriving absentee ballots, according to the News Service of Florida.

(Moody is also part of the Obamacare lawsuit — with oral arguments on Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court — which would dismantle the Affordable Care Act, leaving millions of Americans, including Floridians, without health care.)

Here’s what the News Service of Florida reported about the Pennsylvania lawsuit:

“Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody signed on Monday to a brief aimed at convincing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allowed Pennsylvania elections officials to count some late-arriving absentee ballots.

Moody was one of 10 Republican attorneys general who filed the brief in a challenge to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allowed counting absentee ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

The case is one of a flurry of lawsuits filed by Republicans alleging potential ballot fraud in various states. President Donald Trump has fueled the allegations for months, including in recent days as results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the presidential election.

The GOP attorneys general in Monday’s brief said the decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ‘exacerbated the risks of ballot fraud’ in the key swing state.

The brief was filed by Moody and the attorneys general of Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.”

Florida Phoenix editor Diane Rado contributed to this report.

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John Micek
John Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.