A Pennsylvania judge has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the state from certifying election results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, who won the state by about 80,000 votes.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Bran of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, rejected Trump’s campaign request for an order to suspend election certification as the campaign seeks to overturn the results.
“The plaintiffs want this court to disqualify nearly seven million voters,” Bran said Saturday. “This court has not been able to find a single case in which the plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in an election, given the sheer volume of votes requested to be invalidated.”
“It can be expected that when such a shocking result is sought, the plaintiff will come terribly armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of widespread corruption, so this court will have no choice but to unfortunately grant the proposed appeal, despite the impact that such a large group of citizens would have, “he added.
The president argued that the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated by the state when counties took various measures to inform voters of technical problems that arose with the unprecedented number of ballots in the mail.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Katie Bukvar, along with seven counties that were tried by Trump’s campaign and where Biden led, say Trump has already made similar allegations.
“Among the reasons that could justify the refusal of leave for change are unjustified delay, bad faith, reasons for enlargement, prejudice and uselessness,” the federal judge said on Saturday.
‘Whereas: (1) The applicants have already been amended once by law; (2) The plaintiffs shall seek to amend only for the purpose of effective recovery of the original complaint and claims; and (3) the deadline for the counties of Pennsylvania to certify the results of the election for Secretary Primer is November 23, 2020, the amendment will unduly delay the resolution of issues, “said in the decision of Bran.
Even if Trump had successfully overturned the state’s tabulation of votes and won Pennsylvania, the state’s 20 votes would not have been enough to secure his re-election after Georgia confirmed that Biden had traditionally turned the red state in Friday.
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Censuses are still being held in Wisconsin, where Biden initially won by more than 20,000 votes.
Michigan is expected to certify the election results in favor of Biden’s presidency on Monday, along with Pennsylvania – at which point Trump will officially lose any opportunity to secure the necessary 270 votes for the Electoral College needed for re-election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.