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Lawsuit War Now to Decide the Presidency

(Noted News) — Normally, when a presidential candidate reaches 270 electoral votes in an election, they win the presidency and the losing candidate concedes. But in 2020, a giant series of lawsuits filed by the incumbent president will be the final stage in the democratic process.

President Donald Trump has filed federal suits in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia, citing various forms of election fraud that are preventing him from legally winning the presidency. 

In Pennsylvania, the Trump administration filed a suit claiming that Republican poll observers were prevented from watching the vote counters. Donald Trump was very suspicious when Democrats appealed the suit. 

“We were up by nearly 700,000 votes in Pennsylvania. I won Pennsylvania by a lot. And that gets whittled down to, I think they said now we’re up by 90,000 votes and they’ll keep coming and coming and coming. They find them all over and they don’t want us to have any observers… And they’re appealing, actually they’re appealing. We want a case that we want people to watch and we want observers and they’re actually appealing, which is sort of interesting. I wonder why they’d appeal? All we want to do is have people watch as they do the vote tabulations.”

Trump campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski was also furious about not being allowed to watch the vote counting, saying in a press statement, “What are you hiding? Open up the doors, let us in, let us six feet away so that we can have a free and fair election whether you voted for Donald Trump or you voted for Joe Biden!”

Poll watchers in Pennsylvania are now allowed to observe from a 6-foot distance as opposed to the original 20, provided they maintain COVID-19 safety guidelines.

In Nevada, the crux of the Trump administration’s accusations is that deceased people and people that no longer live in the state are somehow casting votes for Joe Biden. 

Trump supporter and former Nevada attorney general Adam Laxalt said in a speech on Thursday, “We still haven’t been able to observe these signatures or meaningfully challenge a single mail-in ballot out of hundreds of thousands cast. We firmly believe that there are many voters in this group of mail-in people that many are not proper voters. In the last few days, we have received reports of many irregularities across the valley and we believe there are dead voters that have been counted. We are also confident that there are thousands of people whose votes have been counted that have moved out of Clark County.” 

Laxalt was also standing alongside two people who claimed to have shown up to vote but were turned away because their ballots had apparently already been cast. 

In Arizona, Republicans have decried everything from ballots not being counted to the type of pen used on the ballots. 

The Trump administration has filed a lawsuit that alleges that tens of thousands of voters were given Sharpie markers to cast their ballot despite the counting machines not being able to read the ink. 

Hundreds gathered outside Maricopa County’s election center in Phoenix to protest the Sharpie situation and other allegations, chanting “Count our votes!” through megaphones. 

In both Georgia and Michigan, Republicans filed lawsuits over absentee ballots, alleging that ballots cast past the due date were still being counted, giving Joe Biden an unfair lead. According to one suit, Chatham county in Georgia had been counting ballots that were cast past the limit of 7 PM on election day. A similar suit was filed in Michigan requesting a halt to counting the votes. Republicans were also upset about a ballot-counting center in Detroit covering up their windows to prevent poll watchers from seeing inside. According to CNN, this was only done to protect voter’s private data from poll watchers, who were filming and photographing the ballot counters as they worked. 

So far, the lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia have been dismissed, and the others are facing scrutiny and opposition from Democrat leaders in the respective states. 

Arizona’s secretary of state Katie Hobbs said “there is absolutely no merit to any claims of widespread voter fraud.”

Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania also condemned efforts to stop the vote count. 

“Pennsylvania is going to count every vote and no amount of intimidation will stop our dedicated election officials in our municipalities. As a country and a commonwealth, we must reject efforts to intimidate election workers and prevent votes from being counted. The planned attacks on our elections this morning are undemocratic and all elected officials must denounce them. Pennsylvania will be prepared to protect our election workers and our votes.”

Should the lawsuits fail at the state level, which appears to be happening, the final path to victory for President Trump to remain in the Whitehouse would be the US Supreme Court. 

“We think there’s going to be a lot of litigation because we have so much evidence, so much proof, and it’s going to end up perhaps at the highest court in the land,” Trump said.

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