Tuesday, November 24

Trump lawsuits in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia dismissed


(CNN) –– State judges from Arizona and Pennsylvania, as well as a federal judge in Georgia, on Thursday rejected lawsuits related to the elections, which were filed by Republicans and the Trump campaign.

The triplet of losses is the latest round of failures for the Trump campaign in its risky and increasingly unlikely attempt to block the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. This, before the Electoral College certifies him as the next president.

One of the judges, appointed by Trump in Georgia, called the attempt by Republican allied lawyers to block the election results as “quite surprising.” And he refused his effort to stop Biden’s victory there.

A triplet of losses for the demands of the Trump campaign and Republicans

In Arizona, a state judge refused to audit the votes in the state and delay the finalization of the results. According to it, the lawsuit could not be restructured and filed again. And in Pennsylvania, a state judge ordered the recount of more than 2,000 absentee votes that the Trump campaign intended to exclude.

The bugs came just a few hours apart this Thursday.

Defeats for the Trump campaign have been mounting over the past few days. Among them, the nine cases of the Trump campaign or his allies that were dismissed or dropped last Friday. Also the four lawsuits over fraud claims that voters who voted for Trump withdrew earlier this week.

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Lawyers for the Trump campaign – including Rudy Giuliani – have pledged to continue the efforts. But, there are almost no viable post-election cases left for the campaign that could deprive Biden of the votes to be president. Legal analysts have widely said that Trump’s bets in court to change the election results will fail.

A federal lawsuit now led by Giuliani continues in Pennsylvania. However, but the judge who is evaluating it expressed his skepticism on Tuesday that the state’s presidential vote is discarded.

Arizona

An Arizona judge dismissed the state Republican Party’s lawsuit seeking a more extensive audit of votes cast on election day. A move that county attorneys have warned may have delayed state certification of ballots.

In a short order, Judge John Hannah dismissed the claim with prejudice. In that sense, he denied the party’s request for a court order that prevented Maricopa County from certifying its election results. Maricopa is the county where Phoenix is ​​located and the most populous in the state.

CNN projects President-elect Joe Biden to win Arizona, with an advantage of more than 10,000 votes. This is based on an estimated 99% of the seals reported on Thursday night. It would be the second time a Democrat has won Arizona in a presidential election in more than seven decades.

The Arizona Republican Party argued that the secretary of state’s order violated state law. As he said, it is because the manual counting of a random sample of ballots was done based on polling places, not electoral districts.

Another lawsuit dismissed for Trump

The ruling marks another lawsuit that will be dismissed by the courts. Just as Republicans seek to challenge the election results in the disputed states. Their arguments are based on unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud and electoral infringement. Last week, the Trump campaign attorneys dropped a lawsuit that requested to review all the ballots of the day of the election. The decision came after finding that the margin of victory for the presidential race in Arizona could not be exceeded.

More than half of Arizona’s counties conducted post-election audits, according to reports submitted to the secretary of state’s office. No discrepancies or microscopic problems were found that affect the result, according to the reports.

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Audits in Arizona’s four largest counties found no evidence of the systematic voter fraud that Trump has complained about. These counties comprised 86% of all presidential votes in the state. No irregularities were found in Maricopa County. For their part, officials from Pima County, home to Tucson, audited a random sample of 4,239 votes in the presidential race. They only found a discrepancy of two votes.

Geoff Burgan, the Arizona communications director for the Biden campaign, called the lawsuit “frivolous and legitimately rejected.”

The request for the counting of votes in Arizona

“The Arizona election was well managed and transparent. And the far-right fringe sections of the Arizona Republican Party should stop trying to undermine the faith of citizens in free and fair elections, “added Burgan.

Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward criticized the order Thursday and renewed her request for an audit. “I support my call for the audit of a complete manual count of our state’s election results,” Ward said in a statement. However, he did not explicitly confirm that the party would appeal.

Joseph LaRue, a county attorney, said in court that the county’s deadline to certify ballots is this Monday. He added that a delay could affect the state’s ability to meet the Electoral College deadline. The deadline for state certification is November 30. The Electoral College votes on December 14.

Hannah also said the Arizona secretary of state could request reimbursement for legal fees.

Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania state judge rejected a Trump campaign attempt for discarding more than 2,000 absentee votes for technical reasons.

The Trump campaign has made several attempts to discard absentee votes in Pennsylvania courts. And Bucks County Common Please Court Judge Robert Baldi ruled Thursday that discarding ballots in absentia would deprive voters of the right to vote.

The case is not among those in which the Trump campaign has flagged fraud. Instead, the campaign argued that the state should enforce rules about when absentee votes should or should not be counted. And it questioned 2,177 ballots in Bucks County that were in an open privacy envelope or did not have dates, names, or handwritten addresses on their outer envelopes.

Those ballots will be counted, Baldi ordered.

The Trump campaign has lost several similar bets targeting a small number of absentee votes in two other counties.

Baldi, in his opinion Thursday, made it clear that fraud was not a problem.

“It should be noted that the parties specifically stated in their comprehensive stipulation of facts that there is no evidence of fraud, misconduct or any irregularity with respect to the challenged ballots. There is nothing in the record and nothing alleged that could lead to the conclusion that any of the contested ballots was submitted by someone who was not qualified or entitled to vote in this election, “he wrote. “At no time did the petitioners present evidence or arguments to the contrary.”

Georgia

A federal judge in Georgia rejected an election lawsuit filed by Lin Wood, a Republican voter. Wood argued in court for constitutional violations and perceived fraud in the presidential elections. In addition, it tried to block the certification of the election results.

“There is no question that an individual’s right to vote is sacrosanct,” Judge Steven Grimberg of the Northern District of Georgia said Thursday. But that “does not mean that individual voters have the right to dictate” how votes are cast or decided to count.

“It is not for the courts to interfere” in the processes established by the states, he added.

Wood’s attorney indicated Thursday that he may want to attempt an appeal to the judge. This, on behalf of the Trump campaign as it seeks to block a Biden victory. But Grimberg’s ruling on Thursday, delivered from the bank, closes new rounds of lawsuits in multiple ways.

Grimberg decided that the elector in Georgia did not have the ability to show that they could argue a case. He also had no courtroom under the law and had filed a lawsuit too late to affect the election.

“I did not hear any justification as to why the plaintiff delayed filing this claim until two weeks after this election and at the height of the certification of the election results,” said Trump appointee Grimberg. Georgia’s absentee vote count, which Republicans were challenging in the lawsuit, began months ago, he said.

CNN’s Erica Orden, Bob Ortega, Marshall Cohen and Dan Merica contributed to this report.

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