Trump’s New Lawsuit Looks Like an Attempt To Cancel All Mail-in Votes in Pennsylvania
Having so far failed to uncover any evidence of widespread voter fraud or substantiate claims of “irregularities” in last week’s election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has now launched its broadest legal effort yet aimed at overturning the apparent results of the election.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, argues that “Pennsylvania has created an illegal two-tiered voting system” that runs afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by applying different standards to in-person voting and mail-in voting. Voters who appeared at the polls, the lawsuit argues, had their signatures verified in polling places monitored by poll-watchers who ensured votes were “counted in a transparent and verifiable, open, and observed manner.”
Even though the signatures on mail-in ballots must also be verified against voter rolls, the Trump lawsuit argues that state officials “permitted the review and counting of mail-in ballots largely in secret with no monitoring.” There’s been no evidence of that, but the Trump campaign wants the federal courts to prevent state and county officials from certifying the results of the election—an outcome that could deny Biden the necessary electoral votes needed to win the race, depending on the final results in other states.
The Trump campaign’s argument cites Bush v. Gore (2000), the Supreme Court ruling that halted the Florida recount after the 2000 presidential election. In that case, the Court ruled that states must grant the right to vote “on equal terms” and may not set rules that potentially value one person’s vote over another. In Pennsylvania, Trump’s lawsuit argues, the state has effectively done that because in-person votes were subjected to more oversight than mail-in votes.
But the ruling in Bush v. Gore was actually much narrower than the Trump lawsuit makes it sound. Du
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