Appeals court rejects Trump’s Pennsylvania lawsuit

A federal appeals court in the United States rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to reactivate a lawsuit in which his campaign sought to reverse the Pennsylvania certification of President-elect Joe Biden.

In another blow to Trump’s latest effort to change the election results, a three-judge panel roundly dismissed the campaign’s goal of eliminating tens of thousands of ballots, saying there were no claims of fraud in the lawsuit, or evidence.

The decision could take the case up to the United States Supreme Court, and the president has openly reflected that the conservative 6-3 majority could award the election to him. But most legal experts doubt that the higher court will deal with a case in which evidence is lacking and that it will not change the outcome of the elections. Biden would win the presidency even without Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, and Georgia, Michigan and Nevada have also certified results in his favor.

« Voters, not attorneys, choose the president, » the federal appeals court in Philadelphia said. “The ballots, not the written ones, decide the elections. Ballots here are governed by Pennsylvania Election Law. No federal law requires the presence of election observers or specifies where they must live or how close they can be when votes are counted. Federal law also does not regulate whether ballots with minor defects are counted than state law indicates or whether voters are allowed to correct those defects.  »

In its ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit disarmed the legal arguments of the Trump campaign and refused to force the lower court judge, who had previously dismissed the case, to allow the campaign to file a modified lawsuit. .

Trump is trying to invalidate tens of thousands of mailed ballots and is asking the appeals court for an emergency order blocking « the effects » of Pennsylvania’s vote certification.

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