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Trump campaign sues to block certification of Pa. election results, report

By: - November 10, 2020 7:12 am

President Donald Trump campaigns in Avoca, Pa.. on Nov. 2, 2020 (screen capture)

President Donald Trump’s campaign has sued to stop the certification of election results in Pennsylvania, part of a coordinated legal blitz to push the fight over the 2020 election to the United States Supreme Court.

Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday, the Associated Press reported. It argues, without evidence, that registered Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters, the AP reported.

“The election is not over,” the Trump campaign’s general counsel, Matthew Morgan, said in a news conference in Washington, D.C.

More from the Associated Press:

The lawsuit asks the court to prevent the state, Philadelphia and six counties from certifying the results of the election. It also seeks to block them from counting mail-in ballots that weren’t witnessed by a Trump campaign representative when they were processed or counting ballots cast by voters who were given an opportunity to fix mail-in ballots that were going to be disqualified for a technicality.

It accuses Allegheny County and Philadelphia — where Trump was badly beaten in unofficial election returns — of receiving and processing 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by political parties and candidates.

In a statement, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, that ballot watchers from all parties have observers throughout the process and that “any insinuation otherwise is a lie.” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told the AP that the suit was without merit

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.