President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee have until Friday, August 14th to produce evidence of voter fraud in a Pennsylvania lawsuit, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
An evidentiary hearing is set for next month, but Judge Nicholas Ranjan, a Trump appointee, appears unmoved by Trump’s attempts to curtail mail-in voting in Pennsvlvania, which Trump won in 2016.
“The Court finds that instances of voter fraud are relevant to the claims and defenses in this case,” Rajnan ordered the cadre of plaintiffs. Trump and the GOP are co-litigants with Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen Glenn Thompson, Mike Kelly, John Joyce, and Guy Reschenthaler, as well as two future poll-watchers.
The lawsuit – which aims to prevent mail in voting and ballot boxes from being used in elections – was filed by the Trump campaign and the GOP in June of this year.
“Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of unmonitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the forthcoming general election,” the suit claims, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. “Permitting absentee and mail-in ballots of nondisabled electors to be collected at locations other than the offices of the county boards of elections and/or through ‘drop boxes’ and other unmonitored and/or unsecured means and to be counted when not cast in the manner mandated by the Election Code allows illegal absent and mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and other fraud to occur and/or go undetected, and will result in dilution of validly cast ballots.”
The defendants – Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Public Interest Law Center, the national ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, the law firm WilmerHale, the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference, Common Cause Pennsylvania, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, and all 67 counties’ boards of elections – have said that the plantiffs “should not be permitted to raise such spectacular fraud related claims, particular in this national climate.”
Officials within the Keystone State’s Democratic Party have decried the lawsuit as a blatant attempt to strip Pennsvlanians of their right to vote safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, which by some estimates has killed at least 200,000 Americans.
”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,” state party chair Sinceré Harris said in a statement after the suit was filed.
The suit is but a small cog in the Trump Administration’s election rigging and voter suppression machine. Most notably, Trump and his henchmen, like Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, are scrambling to cripple the United States Postal Service.
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