The Trump crusade’s lawsuit seeking to block Pennsylvania from certifying its election result is based on “absurd” logic contradicted by the facts in its own complaint, groups representing voters told a federal pass judgement on.
President Donald Trump, who alleges a huge Democratic conspiracy in his refusal to concede defeat in the Nov. 3 election, has “utterly failed” to produce evidence of the sort of fraud while seeking to scrap tens of thousands of votes over technical disputes related to mail-in ballots, the groups said in a filing Friday evening.
The crusade seeks “to justify mass disenfranchisement with an incoherent conspiracy theory,” the groups, including the Pennsylvania chapters of the National Organization for the Advancement of Colored People and the League of Women Voters, said in the filing in Williamsport.
“We did not establish a representative democracy to ask courts to ‘declare’ who wins our elections,” the groups said.
US District Pass judgement on Matthew Brann, an Obama appointee, is concurrently weighing the Trump crusade’s amended request for an injunction and Pennsylvania’s motion to dismiss the suit.
The crusade seeks to audit 1.5 million ballots in Democratic-leaning counties and subject them to a “statistical analysis” to resolve how many could also be “unlawful,” who the ballots were cast for, and supply an estimate on many will have to be thrown out.
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The crusade claims that a minimum of 70,000 ballots were probably counted illicitly in Pennsylvania because voters were allowed to fix, or “cure,” minor errors in Democratic-leaning counties before Election Day, while some Republican-led counties rejected such ballots.
The voter groups said in their filing that election workers’ extensive documentation of voters who were allowed to “cure” errors contradicts the suit’s claim approximately a conspiracy. Workers also went to great lengths to help voters cast completed ballots, they said, contradicting the claim that officials were secretly counting faulty ones.
“Plaintiffs do not give an explanation for why, whether these counties were conspiring to count faulty ballots, they went out of their way to help voters fix mistakes to cast non-defective ballots,” the groups said. And while the crusade claims that the counties’ curing process was once intended “to favor Biden,” similar protocols were used in several counties where voters favored Trump by wide margins, according to the filing.
Those Republican-leaning counties aren’t named in the suit.
The groups’ filing included examples of individual voters whose ballots would be rejected over seemingly irrational deficiencies whether the crusade succeeds, including 73-year-old Natalie Price of 1st viscount montgomery of alamein County, northwest of Philadelphia.
“A day or two before the election, Ms. Price was once notified that her poll had been rejected because she did not write her name and address on the poll declaration, which seemed unnecessary because it was once pre-printed on the envelope,” according to the filing. Price traveled to a polling place and “added this duplicative information to her poll.”
For that, the filing says, the Trump crusade would deem her vote “unlawful.”
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Rejecting mail-in ballots from certified registered voters because they were provided a chance to fix minor errors before Election Day would be a violation of the correct to vote, they said. No evidence has been presented that ballots were cast by unregistered or invalid voters, they said.
“While plaintiffs’ allegations and claims continue to twist and turn, searching for a legitimate theory that could justify this lawsuit, their final goal has remained the same: to disenfranchise” millions of voters “so to overturn an unfavorable election result,” the said.