Trump campaign opens legal fronts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia
PHILADELPHIA – The Trump campaign launched legal battles over ballot counting in several battlefield states on Wednesday, as the president’s potential avenues to re-election began to narrow.
The campaign staged a multi-pronged attack in Pennsylvania that could land in the United States Supreme Court, sought to stop Michigan’s vote count, and called on a Georgian court to ensure that the postal ballots late arrivals are not counted.
The move intensifies legal battles over voting rules that began months before the disputed presidential election ended on Tuesday with no clear winner. President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden have both indicated they are ready to fight in courtrooms for more than a million ballots still counted in crucial states.
Mr Trump’s campaign on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court for leave to intervene in a pending appeal that asks judges to withdraw Pennsylvania’s extended three-day deadline for accepting ballots mailed before the day of ballot. The campaign’s decision wouldn’t necessarily change much about the legal issues at stake, but it would give the president’s lawyers a more direct voice to make their case against the extension.
The campaign also filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to protect Republican poll watchers and ensure some first-time voters provide missing proof of identity in a timely manner.