In response to suspected voter fraud in several districts, the Trump administration announced that it is filing a lawsuit to intervene in the Pennsylvania election, seeking to overturn the Supreme Court decision that authorized the state to extend until Friday the possibility of receiving and counting postal ballots.
Earlier, they announced that a lawsuit was filed in Michigan requesting a recount, and they will do the same in Wisconsin.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court decision that allowed the state of Pennsylvania to receive and count ballots for three more days after the polls closed, despite a Republican request for a stay of that decision.
Justin Clark, President Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said, “Pennsylvania’s unhinged, radical left Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar has tried her hardest to bake in a backdoor to victory, for Joe Biden, with late, illegal ballots, in collusion with the partisan state supreme court,” Fox News reported.
“The U.S. Constitution is clear on this issue: the legislature sets the time, place and manner of elections in the United States, not the state courts or executive officials,” Clark continued.
Clark further reported that the campaign is taking two additional legal actions in Pennsylvania, suing election officials for “concealing the counting and processing of ballots from our Republican poll watchers.
Trump’s campaign director, Bill Stepien, said in a statement reported by The Hill on Wednesday that the campaign “has not had meaningful access to numerous counting sites to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.
For that reason, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop the vote count until access is guaranteed to observe the process as required by state law.
The latest recounts give Democratic candidate Joe Biden a small lead of less than 0.2 percent, less than 45,000 votes. In such a tight situation, it is clear that the slightest deviation in the recount can change the results in a state as decisive as Michigan.
As Bill Stepien reported, the Trump campaign will officially request a recount in Wisconsin after counting all the votes.
“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor-thin race as we always knew that it would be. There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties, which raise serious doubts about the results’ validity.
The President is well within the threshold to request a recount, and we will immediately do so.” Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.