2020-11-14 19:35:21 UTC
...as Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan prepare to certify their results and
his campaign keeps filing lawsuits claiming rampant voter fraud
*President Trump is running out of time in his bid to overturn election results
*Trump has filed several lawsuits in key states alleging rampant voter fraud
*But courts have rejected the claims, saying campaign has not produced proof
*Meanwhile, key swing states are set to certify the results within next nine
*Michigan and Pennsylvania have until November 23 to make the results official
*Wisconsin's counties certified their election results on Tuesday
*The state's final deadline to make the results official is on December 1
*Joe Biden was projected as winner of Georgia's 16 electoral college votes
*Georgia officials announced state would do a hand recount of all the votes
*After the recount, Georgia will certify its results by the November 23 deadline
President Trump is running out of time to implement his Hail Mary plan to
overturn the results of the November 3 election as key battleground states that
determined the outcome are set to certify a win for Joe Biden within nine days.
While the news networks project Biden as the winner of the presidential
election, Trump and his Republican allies have so far refused to concede,
arguing that the results were tainted by rampant voter fraud.
So far, the president and his allies have been unable to produce evidence in
court of alleged widespread voting irregularities and nearly all legal
challenges have so far failed.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, as Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - three
states that tipped the scales to Biden and handed him the White House - are due
to certify the results in just nine days.
The major news networks on Friday projected Biden as the winner of Georgia, the
historically Republican southeastern state and its 16 electoral college votes.
With more than 99 per cent of precincts reporting, Biden is ahead of the
president by just 0.3 per cent, or a bit more than 14,000 votes.
Under state law in Georgia, the trailing candidate may request a recount if the
victory margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.
Also under Georgia law, one race in the general election must be audited by hand
to check that machines counted ballots accurately.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger chose to audit the presidential race and
said the tight margin meant a full hand count of ballots was necessary to
complete the audit.
Historically, recounts have only resulted in the overturning of several hundred
votes, at most.
The chances of a recount reversing the 14,000 votes that separate Trump and
Biden are slim.
Trump took to Twitter early on Saturday morning and accused the Republican
leadership of the state, including Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State
Brad Raffensperger, of facilitating cheating.
'The Consent Decree signed by the Georgia Secretary of State, with the approval
of Governor @BrianKempGA, at the urging of @staceyabrams, makes it impossible to
check & match signatures on ballots and envelopes, etc.,' the president tweeted
'They knew they were going to cheat. Must expose real signatures!'
Trump continued: 'What are they trying to hide. They know, and so does everyone
else. EXPOSE THE CRIME!'
It is likely Trump was referring to a lawsuit filed by Georgia attorney L. Lin
In court papers filed on Friday, Wood claimed that Raffensperger, who is named
as a defendant in the lawsuit, 'unilterally, and without the approval or
direction of the Georgia General Assembly, changed the process for handling
absentee ballots in Georgia, including those case in the general election.'
Jordan Fuchs, Raffensperger's deputy, issued a statement in response to the
lawsuit, saying: 'Silly baseless claim grasping.
'Signature match is intact and the General Assembly passed legislation to allow
voters who failed to include a signature time to add one.
'Fulton County only had one rejected ballot in 2018 and now they have thousands.
'We strengthened signature match, and will continue to do so, period.'
Meanwhile, a Michigan state court rejected a request by Trumps supporters to
block the certification of votes and appoint an independent auditor in Detroit,
which voted heavily in favor of Biden.
It would be an unprecedented exercise of judicial activism for this Court to
stop the certification process of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, wrote
Timothy Kenny, chief judge of the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan,
referring to the county that includes Detroit.
The lawsuit alleged fraud and voting irregularities, which Wayne County has
The judge rejected those allegations, writing: 'Plaintiffs interpretation of
events is incorrect and not credible.'
He noted that allegations, such as city workers encouraging voters to cast their
ballot for Democrats, were not backed up by details, such as locations or times
when such events allegedly took place.
The judge also said that one witness who had filed an affidavit had posted on
Facebook before the election that he speculated that Democrats were using the
pandemic as cover for election fraud, undermining his testimony and credibility.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a similar lawsuit in US District Court in
the Western District of Michigan, alleging harassment of Republican poll
challengers and a requirement they adhere to six-foot distancing rules that was
not equally enforced against Democratic poll challengers.
Michigan is due to certify its election results on November 23.
Three voters in northeastern Wisconsin have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to
exclude election ballots in Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee counties that helped
deliver the state to Biden.
The plaintiffs allege without evidence that absentee voting is rife with
widespread fraud and that votes in those counties should not be included in the
states final election certification, which would then give Wisconsin to Trump.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, alleges voters in the three counties may have
bypassed state law requiring voters to provide a photo ID by declaring
themselves indefinitely confined due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The suit also takes issue with clerks abilities to take corrective actions to
remedy errors related to witnesss addresses on absentee ballots, the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel reported.
Election workers, overwhelmed by the sudden flood of mailed ballots, have less
ability to carefully review them to screen out fraudulent ones, creating a
substantial risk that fraudulent votes will be counted and vote-dilution
disenfranchisement will occur, the lawsuit says.
There remained no evidence of any wrongdoing, fraud or irregularity in
Wisconsins presidential election, as counties worked to wrap up the
certification of their votes and their estimates of how much it would cost to
recount them, the states top elections official said this week.
Thursdays lawsuit is one of several being brought on behalf of Trump in an
effort to change the outcome of the presidential election.
Wisconsin is one of several states Trump is focused on changing, through this
lawsuit and also by a potential recount. Biden won in Wisconsin by a margin of
about 20,500 votes.
As of Friday, 60 of the states 72 counties had certified the results of the
There has been little change from unofficial results posted on election night,
with Biden gaining 48 votes and Trump picking up 44, giving Biden a net increase
of just four votes.
The deadline to certify was on Tuesday and after the last county submits its
report Trump has until 5pm the following day to request a recount.
The final step of Wisconsin's certification process is for the state's election
commission to receive the results from the counties, recheck the numbers, and
officially issue totals. The deadline for final certification is December 1.
In Pennsylvania, another critical state that Trump needed to win in order to get
a second term, the presidents campaign scored a minor legal victory on Thursday
A state court ruled that the secretary of state overstepped her authority by
giving citizens additional days to fix signature mismatches on their mail-in
But the ruling only affects a small number of votes that were not counted in the
official tally. Biden is currently ahead in Pennsylvania by 62,000 votes with 98
per cent of the total votes counted.
On Friday, Trumps lawyers lost when a court ruled that the state could count
absentee ballots received after Election Day.
The deadline to certify the results in Pennsylvania is November 23, which means
that all of the Keystone States 67 counties are due to have their official
results filed by that time.