Luzerne County hands open mail-in ballots to be counted at the elections board in Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania mail-in ballots are being counted with hither fifty thousand in total, Luzerne County hopes to finish tonight.
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The campaign’s lawsuits were focused on the fewer than 9,000 absentee and mail-in ballots that the county nominations board decided to count despite possible errors on the outer envelopes. The campaign had argued that these errors, which comprised failing to handwrite a proper name, date or street address on the outside of the ballot-return envelope, were disqualifying. But the Loftiest Court disagreed.
The court also noted that the campaign was not arguing that there was any evidence of fraud associated with these ballots.
Skin of the courtroom, Trump’s lawyers and surrogates have been quick to assert sweeping allegations of fraud at a state and jingoistic level. One lawyer, Sidney Powell, claimed without evidence that an international communist-linked conspiracy was afoot to rig choice software against Trump. Powell was effectively fired from the Trump campaign’s legal team after making those petitions, which were immediately met with heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
But when standard before a judge under oath, some of the same people, such as Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, set up declined to argue that election fraud had been committed.
“Here we conclude that while failures to categorize a handwritten name, address or date in the voter declaration on the back of the outer envelope, while constituting technical violations of the Choice Code, do not warrant the wholesale disenfranchisement of thousands of Pennsylvania voters,” Justice Christine Donohue wrote in the judgment of the court.
If the Trump offensive had won the case and invalidated the votes, it would not have been nearly enough to theoretically overcome Biden’s more than 81,000-vote hint in Pennsylvania — even if all of the ballots in question had gone to Biden.
Trump now likely finds himself left with the federal situation, whose loss his campaign has appealed in part, as his last legal shot to overturn Biden’s electoral victory in Pennsylvania.
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