A Pennsylvania judge rejected President Donald Trump’s campaign lawsuit that sought to nullify the millions of mailed votes in the state, a battleground between the two candidates.
Judge Matthew Bran said the lawsuit, which is based on allegations of wrongdoing, “has no legal basis”.
The move paves the way for Pennsylvania to confirm Biden’s victory next week – leading by more than 80,000 votes.
This is the latest blow for Donald Trump, as he is trying to turn his defeat in the presidential election on 3 November into a victory.
He refused to concede the loss and claimed widespread fraud in the elections without providing evidence of this.
Trump’s lack of concession has hampered the process that usually follows the US election.
Biden is expected to beat Trump by 306 votes to 232 for Trump from the electoral college that decides who will be president, much higher than the 270 votes he needs to win.
The Trump campaign has lost a series of issues questioning the election results, and its recent efforts are focused on preventing the swing states that gave Biden the victory from endorsing the results – a step necessary for Biden to be officially declared the winner.
Pennsylvania judge handles a scathing verdict
Judge Bran wrote in his ruling that the Trump campaign had attempted to “deny nearly seven million voters their right to vote.”
He said that his court “was presented with false legal arguments without legal basis and presumptive accusations.”
And the judge wrote: “In the United States of America, this cannot justify denying a single voter the right to vote, so how about depriving all voters in the sixth largest state by population?”
The Trump campaign argued that the state had violated the guarantee of equal protection under the law guaranteed in the US Constitution, as some of the counties run by Democrats allowed voters to fix errors on their ballot papers while the counties administered by Republicans did not.
But Judge Bran rejected this claim in the merits of his decision, saying that it was “like a Frankenstein monster” whose pieces were “randomly stitched together”. Even if that allegation were the basis of a case, he said, the Trump campaign solution would have gone too far.
Few Republicans called on the president to concede the results, but in the wake of the judge’s ruling, Pat Tommy, Republican senator from Pennsylvania, said Trump had exhausted all legal options in the state and urged him to accept the outcome.
As for Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, he said in a statement that he would appeal the decision: “It appears that today’s decision helps us in our strategy to quickly reach the US Supreme Court.”
What is the situation in other states that are considered judicial battlefields?
Also on Saturday, the Trump campaign called for another recount in Georgia, just a day after a manual recount confirmed Biden’s victory.
The campaign said the process “must include matching the signature and other important safeguards.”
In another swing state that Biden won, Michigan, Republican officials wrote to the state Electoral Council, asking that the ratification session be postponed for two weeks.
They called for a review of the presidential elections in the largest county, which includes Detroit, after the Trump camp had contested the results.
But Michigan State Council quickly objected, saying delays and scrutiny were not permitted by law.
And in Wisconsin, election officials accused Trump supporters of blocking the state’s vote recount. They said that in some cases, Trump campaign observers had objected to every ballot, intentionally slowing the process.
If the recount is not complete by December 1 – the deadline for Wisconsin to ratify the results – the way will be open for the Trump camp to pursue the lawsuit.
It is reported that Biden is ahead of Trump in the state by more than 20,000 votes.
Why is election certification importanta؟
When Americans vote in a presidential election, they are in fact voting in competition within their states, not nationally.
They are voting for the state electors, who will each cast one vote for the president. And these voters usually follow the will of the voters – in Michigan, for example, they should all vote for Joe Biden because he won the state’s popular vote.
The states get the same number of votes as they have in the US Congress – that is, in the House and Senate.