US election: Lawsuit by Donald Trump shot down in Pennsylvania

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A judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that tried to invalidate the state’s millions of absentee ballots.

With Joe Biden with a lead of more than 80,000 in the county, State Judge Matthew Brann said the case was “without merit,”

It comes amid a series of legal challenges waged by the Trump camp, with the president attempting to use the influence of the Oval Office to block the victory of President-elect Joe Biden in an unprecedented attempt.

The legal team of President Donald Trump said Saturday that his campaign called for a recount of votes in the presidential race in Georgia after results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.

The unprecedented legal move by Donald Trump aims to undermine Joe Biden’s election win.

On Friday, Republican State Secretary Brad Raffensperger certified the election results of the state, which revealed that Biden had defeated Mr. Trump by 12,670 votes out of around 5 million cast, or 0.25 percent.

Republican Governor Brian Kemp then certified 16 electoral votes on the state’s list.

The statement from the legal team of the president said, “Today, in Georgia, the Trump campaign filed a recount request. We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia state law and the U.S. Constitution is followed in order to count every legal vote.”

“President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which must include signature matching and other important safeguards.”

“The statement added, “This recount would be a scam without signature matching and would once again cause fraudulent votes to be counted. This will be just as dishonest as the original count and recount if there is no signature matching.

“Let’s stop giving the people false results. There has to come a time when we stop counting illegal votes. Hopefully, that time will come soon.”

Georgia law requires a candidate if the margin is less than 0.5 percent to request a recount. Using scanners to read and tally the ballots, the recount will be completed.

A full hand count of all ballots cast in the presidential race has already been carried out by county election officials. However, this was the result of a statutory audit provision and is not considered to be an official recount under the statute.

State law allows a race to be tallied by hand to ensure that the ballots were counted correctly by the computers, and Mr. Raffensperger voted in the presidential race.

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A full hand count of ballots was required to complete the audit, he said, because of the slim margin in that election.

The audit was criticized by Mr. Trump, who called it a “joke” in a tweet that stated without proof that “thousands of fraudulent votes were found.”

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