Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that show Democrat Joe Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, and dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s campaign in an effort to invalidate the election to explain.
US District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, rejected President Donald Trump’s campaign for restraining order and dashed the incumbent’s hopes of somehow reversing the results of the presidential contest.
In his decision, Brann said the Trump campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative allegations … without evidence”.
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of an individual voter, let alone all of the electorate in its sixth most populous state,” the statement said. “Our people, laws and institutions demand more.”
Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to informing voters of technical issues with their postal ballot papers submitted before the election.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties sued by the campaign had argued that Trump had previously made similar claims and lost.
They told Brann the means the Trump campaign was looking for to cast millions of votes on supposedly isolated topics was way too extreme, especially after most of them were counted.
“There is no justification at any level for the radical disenfranchisement they are seeking,” wrote Boockvar’s lawyers in a letter filed Thursday.
Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after Brann’s decision, saying, “Another bites the dust.”
The state’s 20 electoral votes alone would not have been enough to give Trump a second term. The districts must certify their results to Boockvar by Monday. After that, she will provide her own certificate.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will tell voters for the winning candidate to vote in the Capitol on December 14th.
Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.