Trump campaign suing Pennsylvania over absentee ballots
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is suing the Pennsylvania secretary of state and 67 county election boards in an effort to change how mail-in ballots are sent and counted.
“To be free and fair, elections must be transparent and verifiable. Yet, Defendants have inexplicably chosen a path that jeopardizes election security and will lead — and has already led — to the disenfranchisement of voters, questions about the accuracy of election results, and ultimately chaos heading into the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit claims that this is a direct result of Pennsylvania’s illegal implementation of an unmonitored mail-in voting system. At the center of the lawsuit are ballot drop off boxes that were placed in shopping centers, parking lots, retirement homes, college campuses and in the offices of elected officials.
The Trump campaign is seeking an order that would prohibit Pennsylvania accepting absentee and mail-in ballots at any other location other than the offices of the county boards of elections. They are also seeking an order that bars the county election board from counting absentee ballots that lack the necessary secrecy envelope or have any text on the envelopes revealing the elector’s party affiliation or candidate preference.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, said the department will not comment on pending litigation. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party had no issue commenting on the case and called the lawsuit an attempt to suppress voter turnout.
“Donald Trump and Washington Republicans are trying to suppress the voices of Pennsylvanians because they know the easier it is for everyday people to vote, the more likely it is that they will lose,” Pennsylvania Democrat Party Executive Director Sincere Harris said.
Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s campaign also weighed in on the lawsuit.
“Voters should have more options for voting, not fewer, and no American or Pennsylvanian should have to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote. That means expanding options for participation both by-mail and in-person,” said a Biden spokesperson. “That isn’t a partisan issue, but Pennsylvania Republicans and the RNC are clearly concerned with demonstrating their fealty to Donald Trump and his conspiracy theories than they are with making it easier for Pennsylvanians to vote this fall.”
The lawsuit was filed in Pittsburgh on Monday by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee. Four Pennsylvania Republican members of Congress: Glen Thompson, Mike Kelly, John Joyce and Guy Reschenthaler also signed on.
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