Two days later, an uneasy United States is still waiting to hear who will be its next president. With Democrat Joe Biden approaching the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, President Donald Trump’s campaign has attacked the integrity of the voting process with lawsuits in three major states. They are Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
Here, the National Reporter at The Associated Press’s Washington bureau, which is making major coverage of legal challenges, breaks down how these lawsuits could affect the presidential election.
What are these rules to implement?
In Pennsylvania and Michigan, the campaign wanted to temporarily stop counting votes, until Republicans oversaw the tally. The lawsuit in Georgia called for a judge ordering that the state comply with the law surrounding absentee ballots. But the judges already slammed the Michigan and Georgia ones down. They can still be appealed, though.
Election law experts and state election officials said there is no sign of widespread or sporadic voter fraud. The counting of votes takes longer than in previous years because the coronovirus epidemic has changed the way people go about it. But the Trump campaign says these lawsuits are necessary anyway. Meanwhile, Biden campaign attorney Bob Bauer says the lawsuits have no merit and are just to spread a false story about the electoral process. He said it is more about Trump’s own attempt to discredit the election.
Can legal members follow this rule?
Sure. Bush v. Gore in 2000 was a good example of how litigation can affect the outcome of an election. But legal experts say that a lawsuit with that kind of power today needs to get out of a situation where the outcome decides who will win the overall election. Also, the difference between the vote totals of the candidates will have to be smaller than the ballots at stake in the lawsuit. And so far no conditions have been met.
No, hundreds were filed before the election by both parties, and they had to do with changes in how the election was going to work due to the coronovirus epidemic. When absentee ballots can be counted, unless you have to wear a mask, that sort of thing. Some of them were still live on 3 November, but most were resolved.
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