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President Donald Trump is still planning legal challenges for results in some key states after Joe Biden was named president.
Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that it would be wrong for the president to step down because: “There is strong evidence that this is an election that has been stolen in at least three or four states, and possibly 10.”
Trump’s campaign has not yet provided this “serious evidence,” but says he plans to file lawsuits in several key countries on Nov. 9.
A lawsuit has been filed in Chatham County, Georgia, to stop the census, alleging problems with the processing of ballots.
Georgia’s Republican President David Shaffer wrote on Twitter that party observers had seen a woman “mix over 50 ballots in a pile of unknown missing ballots.”
On November 5, a judge dismissed the case, saying there was “no evidence” of improper ballot mixing.
Donald Trump won the state in 2016 with his thinnest margin – just over 10,700 votes – and Joe Biden is expected to be the winner here in 2020.
On November 4, Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit to stop counting allegations of lack of access to monitor the process.
A judge dismissed the case, saying there was insufficient evidence that oversight procedures were not being followed.
Rudy Giuliani says additional lawsuits will be filed for lack of access for state survey observers.
Survey observers are people who monitor the vote count in order to ensure transparency. They are allowed in most states, as long as they are registered before election day.
In some areas this year, there were restrictions introduced before election day, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are also certain capacity limits to avoid intimidation.
A 20-foot perimeter was set at the Philadelphia census facility, but this was challenged and a November 5 court ruling said it should be reduced to six feet as long as poll observers adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.
Trump’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit accusing election officials of violating a judge’s order.
Rudy Giuliani said: “Even when a court order was received to allow Republican inspectors to approach six feet, they moved people, counting the ballots, to another six feet.”
However, election officials insisted they had behaved properly.
On November 5, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bukvar said: “Every candidate and every political party has the right to have an authorized representative in the room who monitors the process. Some jurisdictions, including Philly, are also broadcast live, so you can literally watch their counting process. “
Another ongoing case is challenging how long voters should be able to provide proof of identity if it is missing or unclear in their ballot papers. Voters can now fix their ballots by Nov. 12, but Trump’s campaign has filed a lawsuit seeking to reduce that deadline to Nov. 9.
The Pennsylvania legal challenge also focuses on the state’s decision to count ballots that are stamped with postage until election day, but arrive three days later. Republicans are seeking an appeal.
On November 7, Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Arizona, claiming that some legitimate votes were rejected.
The case cites statements from some poll observers and two voters who said they had problems with voting machines.
The case is pending, but the Arizona secretary of state said he was “grabbing straws.”
Trump’s campaign said it would request a state census “based on anomalies observed” on election day, although this did not require a lawsuit.
It is not clear when this count will take place, as they usually only take place after employees have completed the vote review.
Wisconsin’s deadline for this part of the process is November 17.
Columbia University law professor Richard Brifo says there was a census in Wisconsin in 2016 and it “changed about a hundred votes.”
Joe Biden won the presidency because Donald Trump has no plans to step down
The Republican Party in Nevada said on Twitter that: “Thousands of people have been identified who appear to have broken the law by voting after moving from Nevada.”
Donald Trump’s legal team has compiled a list of people he says have moved out of the country but voted.
However, the list alone does not prove a violation of the law.
People who leave the state within 30 days of the election can still vote in Nevada. Nevada students – who study elsewhere – can also vote.
The case focused on voters in Clark County, but the county registrar said: “We are not aware of any inappropriate newsletters being processed.”
In a separate case, a federal judge blocked attempts by Republicans to stop the use of a signature verification machine, dismissing allegations that he was unable to verify signatures properly.
On November 4, Donald Trump declared voting fraud – without providing evidence – and said: “We’re going to the US Supreme Court.”
If the election result is challenged, legal teams will first have to challenge it in state courts.
Then the state judges will have to support the challenge and order a census.
The Supreme Court may then be asked to rule.
To date, the 2000 elections are the only ones decided by the Supreme Court.
In 2000, Democrat Al Gore lost Florida – and the presidential election – by 537 votes out of a total of nearly six million votes in the state.
This was followed by a highly controversial census process that lasted more than a month – until the Supreme Court decided to stop the census in favor of Republican George W. Bush, who became president.