The new complaint claims 1.5 million mail-in or absentee ballots in seven Pennsylvania counties “were not allowed to be counted” and the controversial votes “resulted in returns indicating that Biden won Pennsylvania.”
The new plea continues to take an unusual approach for Republicans: relying on international standards to assess the legitimacy of US electoral processes. Trump campaign lawyers on Tuesday criticized a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that found, 5-2, that election observers had reasonable access even if they couldn’t see the details of each ballot.
“Contrary to 2002 International Electoral Standards … the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken a unique direction among democracies, stating that meaningful observers are not part of the review and votes can be counted without review by political campaigns and parties,” so the Trump’s new complaint reads.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court statement stating that the law only requires observers to be present is a blatantly inconsistent statement by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as many Pennsylvania counties followed law, logic and tradition, To employ observers not only to be present but also to ensure that the elements of the electoral law are strictly adhered to, ”the complaint said. “This disparity in treatment between Pennsylvania counties has created a textbook example of a United States-prohibited violation of equality protection [sic] Supreme Court of States (Bush versus Gore). ”
The new complaint also comes close to accusing judges of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of political bias. This type of accusation is common in newspaper offices and cable news broadcasts, but rarely appears in federal attorney briefs filed by experienced lawyers.
The latest version of the Trump campaign lawsuit was filed the day after a hearing in federal court in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half north of Harrisburg.
During the five-hour session, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann expressed skepticism that the most complete relief the Trump campaign sought – hundreds of thousands of votes, or perhaps more than a million – was from polls observation problems or disparity Voting justified was the procedure to “cure” incorrect postal ballot papers.
Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven counties named in the lawsuit have asked Brann to throw them away. They claim the Trump campaign and the two Pennsylvania voters who are also plaintiffs in this case have no legal authority to pursue their claims in federal court.
Trump’s page submitted a formal request Tuesday to force the disclosure of election-related records, including copies of the outer envelopes of the counted postal ballot papers. Trump campaign lawyers are also seeking a hearing where they can present live witnesses to discuss alleged flaws in the election observation process.
Brann had scheduled such a hearing for Thursday but canceled it at the end of the clashes on Tuesday, sparking speculation that he might set the case back.