Trump campaign files suit claiming ‘two-tier’ voting system in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON — The Trump campaign filed another lawsuit in the swing state of Pennsylvania on Monday, alleging officials there created “an illegal ‘two-tiered’ voting system” which unfairly favored mail-in ballots.
According to the suit, Democratic-leaning counties gave voters a chance to “cure” mailed ballots which were defective before Election Day, while Republican counties followed the law and did not provide a notice and cure.
The suit is just one in a flurry of litigation filed by the president’s re-election campaign as they seek to contest the vote count in several key states which Joe Biden won by razor-thin margins.
Those efforts have centered around the Keystone State which was called for Biden on Saturday morning and vaulted him over the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House.
Scranton-born Biden won Pennsylvania by 45,475 votes, according to projections, clawing the Rust Belt state back from Trump.
“[W]e believe this two-tiered election system resulted in potentially fraudulent votes being counted without proper verification or oversight, as well as many voters being disenfranchised simply for casting their votes in-person,” said Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan.
“We will not stop fighting for transparency and integrity in our electoral process and ensuring all Americans can trust in the results of a free and fair election,” he added.
According to the suit, in-person voters, which trended toward Republican, were required to sign voter registration forms and had their signatures checked in “a transparent and verifiable open and observed manner.”
Meanwhile, the 2.65 million voters who mailed their ballots did so in a process that reportedly “lacked all of the hallmarks of transparency and verifiability that were present for in-person voters.”
Trump’s re-election campaign have also filed suits alleging poll observers for the president were denied from having proper access to watch the count and have railed against a three-day extension to late ballots.
Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and others within the president’s orbit have repeatedly made allegations of widespread and organized fraud since Election Day, but have not provided hard evidence to back up the claim.
At a press conference on Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany echoed her boss and declared: “This election is not over. Far from it.”
“Our position is clear: we want to protect the franchise of the American people. We want an honest accurate lawful count. We want maximum sunlight. We want maximum transparency,” she said.
“We want every legal vote to be counted, and we want every illegal vote to be discarded. Unlike our opponents. We have nothing to hide the integrity of our election matters. The Constitution of the United States matters.”
Accusing Democratic officials around the country of trying to “tip the scales of the election in their favor,” McEnany said more than 131 affidavits from poll watchers in Michigan who were reportedly intimidated out of doing their job were also forthcoming.
Added Republican National Committee chairwoman: “We should all be alarmed by this no matter where you are on the political spectrum.”
The suits have had varying degrees of success, with one Michigan appeal judge calling their charges of fraud “vague hearsay.”
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