Trump’s campaign racked up a string of legal losses on Friday in its scathing challenges to the election outcome, while adding another lawsuit that experts see as an unnecessary or unnecessary delay tactic.
Hours before the president’s campaign dropped its infamous Arizona “Sharpie” trial, the state government filed a new legal case that could slow down certification of the tally in Maricopa County, home of Phoenix.
The claim depends on whether the mandatory results audit is to be based on a sample of the 175 polling centers – where, for the first time this year, any county resident could vote – or the 748 traditional local constituencies, as the record goes. Republican insists that the law requires it, despite the Secretary of State’s direction to the contrary.
“It’s an issue only a data analyst or election lawyer can love,” GOP legal adviser Jack Wilenchik said. “But we have a lot of pressure to make sure this election is made by the book.”
Wilenchik said constituency information for ballots cast at polling centers is likely irretrievably lost. This would mean that – if his trial were successful – it would make the usual audit impossible and thus prevent the certification of votes in Maricopa County until authorities can complete another, longer validation process, such as a tally. larger-scale manual.
According to one of the leading state law scholars, the trial is just another shaky effort to slow down the process of officially declaring state for Joe Biden. Paul Bender, Dean Emeritus of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, argued that the hyper-technicality of the Republican objection and the importance of certifying the result made likely the trial would fail early next week.
“I can’t imagine a judge would say this is such an important part of the statute,” said Bender, a veteran of the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton administrations who is also a senior judge in the judiciary for two of the States. tribal nations. “He might be right, but I very much doubt he wins.”
Even in the unlikely event that the lawsuit is successful, Bender noted, it would only slow, not prevent, confirmation of Biden’s Arizona victory. And even if somehow the Copper State’s 11 constituency votes were taken out of the Democratic nominee’s tally, he would still be left with 295, 25 more than he needed to become president.
“I think they want to delay things,” Bender said. “Why they want to delay things, I don’t know. It will not change the result.
Bender’s remarks echo those made by lawyers for both sides about the Republican lawsuits in Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. These prosecutions have relied heavily on unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations of electoral law violations, none on a scale that would reverse the president’s deep deficits in each of these states.
Several of those lawsuits failed on Friday. By dropping its Arizona Sharpie case, the Trump campaign has effectively admitted that whatever happened with the ballot papers filled with felt-tip pens did not affect the final count of the vote.
Meanwhile, a Michigan court has launched a lawsuit brought by a pair of GOP poll observers who sought to prevent the certification of votes from Dearborn and Detroit. Meanwhile, judges in Philadelphia and neighboring Montgomery County have dismissed six combined lawsuits.
The campaign won in Keystone state, forcing authorities in Allegheny County in Pittsburgh to revoke all 2,349 ballots. It came after a victory on Thursday that rejected an extension that allowed the Pennsylvanians three more days to correct missing proof of identity in postal votes. But each of those cases involves only a few hundred or a few thousand ballots – nothing that can overcome Biden’s 63,000-vote advantage in the state.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the prestigious Porter Wright firm dropped Trump’s federal lawsuit to prevent certification of Biden’s triumph in Pennsylvania. An appearance on the state’s motion to dismiss the case is scheduled for Monday evening. A similar lawsuit in Michigan received a judge on Friday, but no hearing scheduled yet.
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