President Trump’s Lawsuits Allege Voter Fraud


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Tabitha Fitzgerald, Writer

After President-Elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election with 306 electoral college votes, President Trump and his campaign team have filed multiple lawsuits in swing states alleging widespread voter fraud. Despite his team providing no legitimate evidence to support their claim, President Trump has filed multiple lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, and Wisconsin in an attempt to prove that President Trump is the actual winner of the 2020 presidential election. 

While most of the lawsuits filed by President Trump’s campaign team have been dismissed, one has been upheld. On November 5th, President Trump filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging that Pennsylvania State Secretary Kathy Boockvar illegally allowed an extension to the deadline for mail-in voting by allowing voters to supply missing ID until November 12th. On November 12th, a judge ruled in favor of President Trump and prohibited any votes that provided late ID from being counted, stating that she did not have the authority to extend the deadline. While this is the only lawsuit that has been granted, three lawsuits are still open with no rulings as of right now.

Out of the many lawsuits filed by President Trump’s team, there are a few notable cases worth pointing out. One such case is the lawsuit regarding Philadelphia County canvassing observation. The day after election day, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that observers were not able to meaningfully observe the votes as they were counted in Philadelphia County. A judge made the ruling to give the Trump Campaign more access to observe the poll workers as they counted. The city of Philadelphia later filed an appeal to overturn the decision and on November 17th the Pennsylvania supreme court ruled against the Trump Campaign, stating that they believed election officials had given observers enough access. Another important case is the case of the Trump campaign v. Montgomery County Board of Elections. In Montgomery County, nearly 600 absentee or mail-in ballots contained incomplete addresses, which upon seeing, the Trump Campaign promptly filed a petition stating that the votes should not be counted. On November 13th, a judge made the ruling that an address is not necessary for a ballot to be counted due to the fact that nowhere on the ballot does it disclose that a lack of an address would render a ballot incomplete.  

While most lawsuits filed by the Trump Campaign have been resolved, there are a few that remain open. One such case is the case Trump v. Brad Raffensperger et. al. In this case, President Trump filed a lawsuit with The Superior Court of Fulton County in Georgia, claiming that the state’s election code was overall violated and alleging that the state’s negligence allowed for a significant number of illegal votes to be counted. Included in his lawsuit, President Trump demanded a recount in the state. 

While the Trump Campaign has continued to fail to provide any significant proof of voter fraud, President Trump continues to claim that he is the rightful winner of the Presidential election. However, due to the previous denials of almost every lawsuit filed by President Trump, it seems as though a change in the election results is extremely unlikely to occur.