A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by US President Donald Trump’s campaign to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from being declared Pennsylvania winner, making another sizable Trump attempt to overturn the November 3 election Setback.
“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. The charge of injustice is grave. But calling an election unfair doesn’t make it that way,” wrote Stephanos Bibas on behalf of a three-person jury.
“Charges require specific allegations and then evidence. We don’t have any here,” wrote Bibas, who was nominated by Trump.
The Trump campaign and its supporters have tried and failed to convince judges of electoral irregularities in Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, all of which are crucial to Biden’s victory.
“Voters, not lawyers, elect the president. Ballot papers, no briefings, decide on elections,” said the appeal court’s opinion.
“Off to SCOTUS!” Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, wrote on Twitter after the verdict, referring to a planned appeal to the US Supreme Court. “The activist judicial machinery in Pennsylvania continues to cover up allegations of massive fraud.”
Pennsylvania confirmed Biden, who won the state by 80,000 votes, as its winner this week. Under Pennsylvania law, the candidate who wins the state’s referendum receives all 20 state votes.
Trump, a Republican, has refused to admit his Democratic rival and continues to claim widespread electoral fraud without evidence.
But with his legal challenges failing on the results, Trump said Thursday he would leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Biden when it meets on December 14, which is closest to the election.
On Monday, Trump’s administration cleared the way for Biden’s transition to the White House and gave him access to briefings and funding, despite Trump pledging to continue fighting the election results.
Biden won the election 306-232 in electoral votes, including Pennsylvania’s 20. Even if Trump turned the result in Pennsylvania upside down, he would have to reverse the result in at least two other states to remain president.
TIME IS TURNING OUT
As Trump and his supporters continue to litigate, states are running out of time to resolve electoral disputes by December 8.
Legal experts said the cases had no chance of success and could be aimed at undermining confidence in the election. Polls have shown that the majority of Republicans believe Trump won the election, and many believe the election was tainted despite the lack of evidence.
Shortly after Friday’s decision, Trump posted a Newsmax video on Twitter about alleged election fraud in Nevada.
The Trump campaign filed the case in Pennsylvania earlier this month. She said the county electoral officials treated the postal vote inconsistently and asked U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann to stop certifying the results.
Some districts had allowed voters to fix minor flaws with their ballot papers, such as a missing “confidentiality envelope,” while others did not.
Brann dismissed the case on November 21, saying the case was based on “strained legal arguments” and “speculative allegations”.
The Trump campaign said it had appealed the “narrow” question of whether Brann wrongly refused to have the lawsuit amended a second time.
The campaign wants to add back the allegations it dropped on the case, including allegations that their procedural rights were violated.
The Court of Appeals said many of the Trump campaign’s claims are matters of Pennsylvania law, but noted that the campaign has already been lost in state court on those issues.
“It is never alleged that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than the Biden campaign or the Biden votes,” the statement said. “The campaign claims have no value.”
The other judges on the jury, Brooks Smith and Michael Chagares, were nominated by George W. Bush, a Republican.
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