Donald Trump campaign drops key request in Pennsylvania lawsuit

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump’s campaign is withdrawing a central request in its lawsuit seeking to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump to capture the state and help win the White House. Ahead of a Tuesday hearing in the case, Trump’s campaign dropped its request in the lawsuit that hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots 682,479, to be precise be thrown out because they were processed without its representatives able to watch.

The campaign’s revised lawsuit, filed in federal court on Sunday, maintains the aim of blocking Pennsylvania from certifying a victory for Biden in the state, and it maintains its claim that Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign switched up its lawyers in the case Monday evening. Exiting is Linda Kerns, a Philadelphia lawyer who has handled a number of lawsuits for the campaign.

The campaign still contends in the lawsuit that hundreds of thousands of ballots weren’t properly processed. Our lawsuit in Pennsylvania absolutely still makes an issue of the 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots that were counted in secret, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh tweeted. The campaign said in a statement Monday that it strategically decided to restructure its lawsuit to rely on claims of violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Trump campaign isn’t making that claim on the hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots, however. Instead, in the revised suit, it targets the practice of giving voters an opportunity to fix mail-in ballots that were going to be disqualified for a technicality. It contends some Democratic-run counties allowed voters to do that, while Republican counties did not, arguing Democratic voters were treated more favourably than Republican voters.

The lawsuit charges that Democratic-heavy counties violated the law by identifying mail-in ballots before Election Day that had defects such as lacking an inner secrecy envelope or lacking a voter’s signature on the outside envelope so that the voter could fix it and ensure that the vote would count, called curing. Republican-heavy counties followed the law and did not provide a notice and cure process, disenfranchising many, the lawsuit said. Cliff Levine, a lawyer representing the Democratic National Committee, which is seeking to intervene, said it’s unclear how many voters were given the chance to fix their ballot and that there is nothing illegal about it. But, he said, it is minimal and certainly fewer than the margin almost 70,000 that separates Biden and Trump. The numbers aren’t even close to the margin between the two candidates, not even close, Levine said.