Trump campaign lays out legal actions it’s taking in PA over vote counting

Trump campaign lays out legal actions it’s taking in PA over vote counting

November 5, 2020

The Trump campaign on Wednesday outlined the legal actions it is taking to “ensure the integrity” of the election in Pennsylvania where mail-in ballots are being tallied after neither President Trump or Joe Biden have yet won the swing state.

“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it,” Justin Clark, the deputy campaign manager, said in a statement.

“President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation,” the statement continued.

The campaign accused Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of trying to “bake in a backdoor to victory for Joe Biden with late, illegal ballots in collusion with the partisan state Supreme Court.”

Clark characterized Boockvar, who said earlier Wednesday that up to a million ballots have yet to be tabulated, as “unhinged, radical left.”

The campaign is also suing to stop the counting in Michigan and seeking a recount in Wisconsin, which was declared for Biden on Wednesday.

The campaign said it would join a lawsuit brought by GOP candidates in the Keystone State challenging the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow Pennsylvania to count ballots postmarked by Election Day until Friday afternoon, calling the ruling an “unlawful extension of the mail-in ballot receipt deadline.”

Team Trump also said it will seek to make the ballot counting process more transparent and to ensure Republican poll observers be allowed to ensure that “every valid ballot is counted, and counted once.”

“In Philadelphia and elsewhere, Democrat officials forced our observers to stay 25 feet or more from the counting process, leaving no meaningful way whatsoever for our observers to do their jobs,” Clark said in the statement, adding that it will sue to temporarily halt counting until “Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

The campaign will also sue to ensure that first-time voters in the state provide identification with their mail-in or absentee ballots as state law dictates.

The state Supreme Court decided last Friday that a photo ID isn’t required if a voter is dropping off a mail-in ballot and that the ballot can’t be tossed if the signature on the envelope doesn’t match what’s in the voting files.

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