Evaluating the Trump lawsuit in PA

National ReviewThe Trump campaign has filed a lengthy complaint in federal court, challenging Pennsylvania’s administration of the 2020 presidential election as a violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. This is the theory under which, 20 years ago, the Supreme Court invalidated Florida’s presidential election vote-counting procedures in Bush v. Gore.

The main target of the suit is the 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots submitted from the Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties (the latter includes Pittsburgh). According to current reported returns, presumptive President-elect Biden defeated President Trump in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by about 46,000 votes.

The complaint alleges that in-person voters (a) were subjected to rigorous signature-matching, (b) voted in a polling place monitored pursuant to statute by poll observers from both parties, and (c) had “their votes counted in a transparent and verifiable open and observed manner.” By contrast, the Trump campaign asserts that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, “affirmatively excised nearly every element of transparency and verifiability” for the nearly 2.65 million mail-in votes.

The complaint maintains that Secretary Boockvar refused to require adequate verification of voter identities (including undermining signature matching). She also permitted the counting of ballots received up to three days after the election even if they lacked evidence showing they had been submitted by or before Election Day (consistent with a state supreme court ruling, though inconsistent with state statutory law). In conjunction with other election officials, Boockvar is also said to have authorized the review and counting of ballots “largely in secret with no monitoring.”

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This entry was published Sun Nov 15 22:35:45 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-11-10 23:02:23.0. [Tweet]

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