Trump Campaign Lawsuit Says Pennsylvania Voting Process Unconstitutional
President Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday alleging Pennsylvania’s voting process in the 2020 General Election created an unfair, potentially fraudulent “two track” system.
This is the latest attempt by the Trump campaign to get what it says are potentially illegal votes disqualified from the state’s current tally.
Over the weekend, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former 2016 campaign manager Cory Lewandowski held a press conference in Philadelphia at which they presented vote watchers who said they were blocked from watching votes from being counted. And they also presented what they said was evidence of dead people voting in the 2020 General Election.
Trump Campaign Files Lawsuit in Pennsylvania Alleging an Illegal Mail-in Ballot Process
On Monday, in a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign names Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar as well as the County Board of Elections from Allegheny, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties as defendants.
In short, the Trump campaign argues in its lawsuit that Pennsylvania had a two-track system for voting in the 2020 General Election. It says there were two standards that opened the door for fraud and were, basically, unconstitutional.
“Voters in Pennsylvania were held to different standards simply based on how they chose to cast their ballot, and we believe this two-tiered election system resulted in potentially fraudulent votes being counted without proper verification and oversight, as well as many voters being disenfranchised simply for casing their votes in person,” Trump 2020 general counsel Matt Morgan says in a statement.”
Two-track Voting in Pennsylvania
The two tracks the Trump campaign argues set up rules and standards for in-person voting that weren’t present with mail-in votes.
In-person voters, the campaign says, had to sign voter registrations and have those signatures checked against the one on record with their county election bureau.
For mail-in ballots, no such standard existed. There wasn’t adequate verification of a voter’s identity with a mail-in ballot and the mail-in process also allowed for ballots to be received for up to 3 days after polls closed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. These late ballots didn’t need to be verified that they were received or postmarked by the time polls closed. And these potentially fraudulent and illegal votes were counted without any proper supervision by poll watchers.
The lawsuit aims to argue that this two-track system violates the US Constitution in two ways:
- Equal Protection Clause
- Elections and Electors Clauses
You can read the full lawsuit filing by the Trump campaign here:trump vs pennsylvania lawsuit election 2020
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