Judge throws out Trump bid to stop Pennsylvania vote certification

 thehindu.com  11/22/2020 02:13:08 

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the State by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled, dealing President Donald Trumps campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Saturday turned down the request for an injunction by President Donald Trumps campaign, dealing a sharp blow to the incumbents hopes of somehow overturning the results of the presidential contest.

Mr. Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitutions guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to notifying voters before the election about technical problems with their submitted mail-in ballots.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties that the campaign sued had argued Mr. Trump had previously raised similar claims and lost.

They told Judge Brann the remedy the Trump campaign sought, to throw out millions of votes over alleged isolated issues, was far too extreme, particularly after most of them have been tallied.

There is no justification on any level for the radical disenfranchisement they seek, Ms. Boockvars lawyers wrote in a brief filed on Thursday.

The States 20 electoral votes would not have been enough on their own to hand Mr. Trump a second term. Counties must certify their results to Judge Boockvar by Monday, after which she will make her own certification.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will notify the winning candidates electors they should appear to vote in the Capitol on December 14.

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