A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed 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. Intermediate District Judge Matthew Brann of Williamsport, Pa., Has rejected a Trump campaign request for an injunction that would stop election certification as the campaign seeks to overturn results from swing states across the country.
“The plaintiffs 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 drastic relief in the context of an election challenge, in terms of the sheer volume of votes that have been requested to be overturned.
“One would expect that, in seeking such a surprising outcome, a complainant would be formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual evidence of rampant corruption, so that the Court would have no choice but to unfortunately grant the injunctive measure proposed despite the impact 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, when counties took various steps to inform voters of the technical issues that arose with the unprecedented number of postal ballots.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, along with seven counties pursued by the Trump campaign and led by Biden, argued that Trump had previously raised similar allegations.
“Among the reasons which could justify a refusal of authorization to modify include undue delays, bad faith, dilatory reasons, prejudice and futility,” said the federal judge on Saturday.
“Given that: (1) the applicants have already amended as of right; (2) Plaintiffs seek to amend simply in order to effectively reinstate their original complaint and claims; and (3) the deadline for Pennsylvania counties to certify the results of their election to Secretary Boockvar is November 23, 2020, an amendment would unduly delay resolution of the issues, ”Brann said.
Even if Trump had managed to reverse the state’s vote table and win Pennsylvania, the state’s 20 electoral votes would not have been enough to secure him for re-election after Georgia confirmed Biden had overthrown the traditionally red state on Friday.
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Recounts are still underway in Wisconsin, where Biden initially won more than 20,000 votes.
Michigan is expected to certify election results in favor of a Biden presidency on Monday, along with Pennsylvania – by which time Trump will have formally lost any chance of securing the 270 electoral college votes needed for re-election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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