Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, giving President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in efforts to invalidate the election.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, rejected the request for injunctions from President Donald Trump’s campaign and destroyed the sitting hopes of somehow overthrowing the results of the presidential contest.
In his ruling, Brann said the Trump campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations … not supported by evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the deprivation of a single voter, let alone all the voters in the sixth most populous state,” the statement said. “Our people, laws and institutions demand more.”
A message seeking comment was left with the Trump campaign.
Trump had claimed that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to inform voters before the election about technical issues with their submitted ballots.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven counties in the Biden majority that the campaign sued had claimed that Trump had previously raised similar claims and lost.
They told Brann that the means the Trump campaign sought to cast millions of votes over alleged isolated problems was far too extreme, especially after most of them have been counted.
“There is no justification at any level for the radical deprivation they are seeking,” Boockvar’s lawyers wrote in a brief filed Thursday.
Pennsylvania Attorney Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after Brann’s decision, saying “Another bites the dust.”
The state’s 20 election votes alone would not have been enough to give Trump another term. Counties must certify their results to Boockvar by Monday, after which she performs her own certification.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will announce the winning candidate’s voters that they appear to be voting in the Capitol on December 14.
Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.