In their quest to undermine voters and overturn the 2020 election, President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, arguing that 1.5 million votes across the state “should not have been counted” and that the GOP-controlled state legislature should be given the authority to assign its electoral votes so Trump can be declared the winner.
As noted by several news outlets, the lawsuit also argues that the campaign’s constitutional rights were violated because observers were not given adequate access as election officials processed mail-in ballots, a claim that was dropped in an earlier version of the lawsuit.
Attorneys for the Trump campaign said in its new filing said that the claim was dropped due to a miscommunication among themselves.
The Trump campaign also criticized a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week that election observers had adequate opportunity to watch to the vote-counting process, even if they could not see each individual ballot.
“In contrast to the 2002 International Electoral Standards … the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck out in a unique direction among democracies and declared that meaningful observers are not part of verification and votes may be counted without any review by political campaigns and parties,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in Wednesday’s filing.
The latest suit came one day after U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann appeared skeptical during a hearing in Williamsport, Pa., that the Trump campaign’s call to reject votes was justified in the wake of allegations over poll watching or other claims targeting mail-in ballots, Politico noted.
The Associated Press and other news outlets called Pennsylvania for President-elect Biden last week.
Trump has refused to concede the election and launched legal challenges to election results in states across the country.