A Pennsylvania judge has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the state from certifying election results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, who won the state by about 80,000 votes.
U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann of Williamsport, Penn., Rejected a request from the Trump campaign for an injunction that would stop the certification of the election, as the campaign seeks to overthrow the results are swinging states across the country.
“Complainants are asking this court to deprive nearly seven million voters,” Brann said Saturday. “This court has not been able to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the competition for a choice as to the large number of votes requested to be invalidated.”
One would expect that when seeking such a surprising result, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of outrageous corruption, so that this court would have no option but to unfortunately grant the proposed legal aid despite of the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens, ”he added.
The president argued that the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated by the state, as counties took various precautions to inform voters of technical problems that arose with the unprecedented number of mail-in votes.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, along with seven counties sued by the Trump campaign and where Biden led, claimed that Trump had already raised similar claims.
“Among the reasons that may justify a denial of permission to change are unnecessary delay, bad faith, dilation motive, prejudice and futility,” the federal judge said Saturday.
“Considering that: (1) the applicants have already changed once in relation to their right; (2) Complainants seek to amend simply to effectively reinstate their original complaint and claim; and (3) the deadline for counties in Pennsylvania to certify their election results to Secretary Boockvar is November 23, 2020, change will unduly delay the resolution of the issues, ”Branns decision said.
Even if Trump had been able to successfully overthrow the state’s voting table and win Pennsylvania, the state’s 20 electoral votes would not have been enough to secure him re-election after Georgia confirmed Biden turned over the traditional red state on Friday.
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Tales are still being told in Wisconsin, where Biden originally won by more than 20,000 votes.
Michigan is expected to certify election results in favor of a Biden presidency Monday along with Pennsylvania – at which point Trump has officially lost any opportunity to secure the required 270 election combinations needed for re-election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.