Election Law

Trump Campaign Loses Litigation In Georgia And Michigan; Claims Victory In Pennsylvania

Yesterday, we summarized three lawsuits initiated by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, as well as the campaign’s attempt to intervene in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case that concerns the Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously granting a three-day extension for receiving mail-in ballots.

Here is a brief update on the legal actions taken by President Trump’s reelection campaign.

Trump Takes Loss In Georgia

As a reminder, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. filed a  petition to cause the Chatham County Board of Elections (CCBE) to hold off on counting absentee ballots received after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day until after an accounting was provided. The justification for the request was based on an observer who believed that a batch of fifty-three late-arriving ballots was improperly added to the pile to be counted.

On November 5, Georgia state court Judge James F. Bass denied the petition. The votes tallied in Chatham County after Election Day are a key cause for Joe Biden to likely win the State of Georgia.

Michigan Judge Finds Numerous Defects In Trump’s Requests

Trump’s campaign told the court that there was evidence of an improperly dated absentee ballot and supported the claim with an affidavit from an election inspector who allegedly received the information from an unnamed poll worker. Judge Cynthia Stephens in the Michigan Court of Claims said that, at best, it is a hearsay affidavit.

Judge Stephens refused to freeze the ballot count and noted that the votes had already been counted anyway; thus, the request was moot.

Trump Claims Victory In Pennsylvania

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. had filed a notice of appeal to overturn a ruling that denied closer observation of the canvassing of ballots. On November 5, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon agreed that observers should be able to get as close as six feet to the action of counting votes.

At a separate federal court hearing, the campaign brokered a deal that will allow both major parties to add sixty individuals to observe the continued vote count in Philadelphia. Obviously, none of this changes the process of collecting and counting the ballots, but it adds access for the reelection campaign after it complained of not having the ability to appropriately observe the process.