New defeat for Trump in the fight against election results

A federal court in the US state of Pennsylvania has given the incumbent US President Donald Trump another defeat in his fight against the election results. Trump’s lawyers had only presented “tried legal arguments without value and speculative allegations” without evidence, according to Judge Matthew Brann in a statement published on Saturday (local time) for his decision. In Georgia, however, Trump requested another recount of the votes on time.

The injunction requested by Trump to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying the election results was thus rejected. Trump’s lawsuit also aimed to potentially invalidate millions of absentee votes. The arguments and evidence presented would not even have been enough to invalidate the vote of “a single voter”, wrote the judge. “Our people, our laws and institutions demand more,” he wrote.

In the important state, which has 20 voters to give away, the Democrat Joe Biden prevailed. According to forecasts by the US media, Biden now has 306 voters, significantly more than the majority of 270 votes necessary to win.

However, Trump has so far refused to admit defeat, claiming that there was massive electoral fraud in the November 3 election. However, he has not provided any solid evidence for this. Because of this, judges have already dismissed several lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania by Trump and his Republican allies.

Meanwhile, in the state of Georgia, Trump requested another recount of the votes on time. The corresponding application was submitted on Saturday, said his campaign team. His lawyers said this was to ensure that every legal vote was counted. Trump had until Tuesday to request another recount. He was able to do this because the gap between the candidates is less than 0.5 percentage points.

Georgia had already checked the ballot papers herself. Then Biden’s lead over Trump shrank from around 14,000 to 12,670 votes. The responsible State Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp had confirmed the results on Friday. Biden won the votes of the 16 electorate in Georgia as the first Democrat after Bill Clinton in 1992. Judge Steven Grimberg had on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by a conservative attorney, with which he tried to stop the certification of the election result in Georgia.

The Georgia court also dismissed an attack by the plaintiff on postal votes. Granting the injunction sought by the plaintiff would “create confusion, undermine public confidence in the election and potentially expel more than a million Georgia voters,” it said.

Trump’s legal team explained the request for a recount by insisting on an “honest count,” which must include signature comparisons and other important protective measures. “Let’s stop giving wrong results to the people. There has to be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it comes soon,” it said.

Trump was also unlucky with another strategy: Republican MPs and senators from the state of Michigan invited by him to the White House spoke out against attempts to alter the election results with legal tricks after the meeting. The Republicans said they had no information yet that could change the election result. They would therefore “follow the law and normal process” in appointing the electorate, said Senate and Chamber of Representatives Majority Leaders Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield. “And the candidates who win the most votes win the election and the votes of the electorate,” they said.

Biden won the Michigan election by a large margin. Trump’s unusual meeting with the Republicans had fueled fears that he would press them to change the outcome of the normally more formal steps of notarization. However, US media quoted lawyers who stressed that such a move would never have stood up in court, even with the consent of the local Republicans.

State results are key to winning a presidential election. The head of state is not elected directly by the people, but by electorates who cast their votes according to the results in their state. According to calculations by the US media, the Democrat Biden has 306 electorates behind him, he needs 270 for the presidential election. Trump has 232 electorates. Biden is to be sworn in as the new US President on January 20th.

Quelle: What / Dpa / Ag.

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