An article posted Nov. 15  by The Washington Post claimed that the Trump Campaign had completely dropped the portion of their lawsuit alleging that almost 700,000 ballots were illegally counted due to polling location workers refusing to allow Republican observers to participate in the count. 

The claims made in the article were quickly disputed by President Trump when he shared an article on Twitter on Nov. 16 denying the changes in the lawsuit confirming that the amended lawsuit was “Just more fake news.”

White House Correspondent Carrie Sheffield also posted on Twitter rejecting the Washington Post’s reporting. 

“On Sunday night, the Washington Post ran a complete mischaracterization of the Trump campaign’s litigation in Pennsylvania, erroneously claiming the campaign had dropped the claim of nearly 700,000 ballots processed illegally and in secret,” Sheffield wrote. 

“The campaign did no such thing.”  

The Donald J. Trump for President Inc. filed the lawsuit initially on 11/09/20 asking for “An order, declaration, and/or injunction that prohibits the Defendant County Boards of Elections and Defendant Secretary Boockvar from certifying the results of the 2020 General Election in Pennsylvania on a Commonwealth-wide basis.” 

The lawsuit had multiple allegations of instances in which Trump Campaign’s poll watchers “reported numerous instances of election workers failing to follow the statutory mandates” and listed many locations in which Republican election workers were denied entry and access to oversee ballot counting.

All allegations of Trump Campaign poll workers being denied access to polling locations or being prevented from watching or observing have been dropped from the lawsuit.

President Trump’s campaign has restructured the allegations in the lawsuit maintaining that 682,479 ballots were illegally counted but are focusing more on the violation of The Equal Protection Clause. 

The new focus of the lawsuit will be the ballots that were incorrectly filled out and given a chance to be corrected. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has claimed that the cured ballots came from predominantly blue counties in an attempt to skew the election results.

The campaign is arguing that President Trump’s constitutional rights were violated claiming Republican-heavy counties did not receive the same opportunity to cure their rejected ballots as the notably more Democratic-heavy counties did.

“The Equal Protection Clause mandates that the Commonwealth provide and use in every County the same statewide uniform standards and regulations when conducting statewide or multi-county elections,” the amended lawsuit reads. 

“In addition, voters in Republican-leaning counties who failed to fully fill out their mail or absentee ballot envelopes had their ballots rejected, while voters in Democrat leaning counties who similarly failed to fill out their mail or absentee ballot envelopes had their ballots counted,” read the lawsuit, continuing to claim that the Nov 3. election was far from uniform and “did not follow the same structure.”

Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley has maintained the same stance she has had since Nov. 4 when the allegations began surfacing. 

“Philadelphia has been completely transparent in our election process,” Deeley said. 

Biden is still in the lead in Pennsylvania with 49.9% of the vote, equaling around just over 67,000 votes more than President Trump. 

A recount is mandatory in Pennsylvania if the difference in votes is less than 0.5%. The current difference in votes is around 0.8% making a recount no longer mandatory until further developments.

Pennsylvania election laws allow a candidate to request a recount “within five days of the election or within five days after the computational canvass if requested through the court of common pleas.” 

President Trump was able to claim victory on Nov. 12 as the Commonwealth Court President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar lacked statutory authority to change a deadline in the Nov. 3 election. 

Kathy Boockvar has not released a statement on the ruling, however when the lawsuit was initially filed she said, “mail ballots that arrive in election offices up to three days after the election are not expected to change the results.

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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