Pennsylvania’s top election official is planning to move quickly to dismiss a lawsuit filed Monday by President
Trump’s campaign filed suit in federal court in Williamsport to block Boockvar from certifying the results, alleging a variety of voting irregularities. It’s the latest effort by Trump and national Republicans to cast doubt on the outcome of last week’s vote. Most election-law experts say the campaign’s claims of rampant voter fraud across the U.S. lack merit.
Boockvar also requested the case be transferred from Williamsport to the state capital of Harrisburg. U.S. District Judge
There is no legal precedent for a court blocking a state from certifying the result of an election, according to David Becker, executive director and founder of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation & Research. It’s even less likely in this case because Pennsylvania’s election officials were following rules passed last year by the state’s GOP-led legislature, he said.
“This is not about winning Pennsylvania -- there’s no way that’s going to happen,” said Becker, who isn’t involved in the suit. “They’re just trying to sow enough doubt that they can make people doubt the outcome of the election.”
The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Several outside groups on Tuesday asked the judge for permission to intervene in the lawsuit, including the Pennsylvania chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.
“Plaintiffs have launched an all-out attack on voting by mail-in and absentee ballot,” the groups said in a joint filing. “This flagrant attempt to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania voters must be rejected.”
(Updates with groups seeking to intervene in the suit.)
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