Judge throws out Trump bid to stop Pennsylvania vote certification

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Through: AP | Pennsylvania |

Nov. 22, 2020, 10:53 a.m.


President Donald Trump during an interview with reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington (Erin Schaff / The New York Times)

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results which currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge said, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump’s campaign in his efforts to invalidate the election.

U.S. Intermediate District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pa., On Saturday rejected President Donald Trump’s campaign injunction request, dealing a blow to the incumbent’s hopes of somehow toppling the results of the presidential ballot.

Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when counties in Pennsylvania took different approaches to informing voters ahead of the election of technical issues with their ballots. by mail.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven-majority Biden counties pursued by the campaign had argued that Trump had already raised similar claims and lost. They told Brann that the remedy sought by the Trump campaign, rejecting millions of votes on alleged isolated issues, was far too extreme, especially after most of them had been counted.

“There is no justification at any level for the radical deprivation of their voting rights,” Boockvar’s lawyers wrote in a brief filed Thursday.

The state’s 20 electoral votes alone would not have been enough to give Trump a second term. Counties are to certify their results to Boockvar by Monday, after which it will do its own certification. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will inform voters of the winning candidate that they are expected to show up to vote on Capitol Hill on December 14.

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