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After losing the 2020 election to a man he spent months hammering as corrupt, doddering, and mentally deficient, President Donald Trump went on the offense, spreading lies and conspiracy theories about a “rigged” election marred by “major fraud” from Democrats.
Before the Capitol insurrection on January 6, Trump’s claims alternated between demanding that some states stop counting ballots, which he didn’t have the power to do, and saying that others should keep counting, which they were doing anyway.
To that end, the Trump campaign, Republican allies, and Trump himself had mounted at least 42 legal challenges since Election Day.
They’ve won zero. President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
The lawsuits argued that states and counties violated election laws, playing into Trump’s political strategy to discredit the results of the 2020 election. The House impeached him a second time in January, charging him with inciting an insurrection, and the Senate acquitted him on February 13.
Republicans filed the lawsuits in local, state, and federal courts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania — all states that Biden won. They also filed direct appeals to the Supreme Court, all of which also failed.
The Trump campaign initially had a single win, when a Pennsylvania judge ruled on November 12 that first-time voters were supposed to confirm their IDs with county boards of election by November 9, rather than November 12. The decision opened the door to disqualify the ballots of people who didn’t verify their IDs in time. But the state Supreme Court later overturned that decision.
Here’s what happened with all of Trump’s election lawsuits.
Here’s a list of the lawsuits and where they stand
Direct appeals to the Supreme Court — 3 losses
Several Republican politicians, led by Rep. Mike Kelly, asked the US Supreme Court to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results. The court turned down the case.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin in the US Supreme Court seeking to overturn their election results. The Supreme Court rejected the case.
The Trump campaign asked the US Supreme Court to overturn three decisions from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over various technical rules regarding absentee and mail-in ballots. The court rejected the case on February 22, declaring it moot.
Pennsylvania — 13 losses
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit asking a state appeals court to reject the Pennsylvania secretary of state’s announcement that registered voters had until November 12 to provide proof of identity for mail-in ballots. Republicans believe the deadline should be November 9. This is the one case that Trump won, before the state Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision.
In a wide-ranging federal lawsuit, the Trump campaign sued over alleged irregularities in the way ballots were counted throughout the state. They’ve argued that 14,000 votes should be thrown out. The campaign submitted a revised version of the lawsuit days later that retracted many of its original allegations. A judge …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics
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