Strong words, in the face of a president who still does not accept his defeat. The President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, denounced “the incredible irresponsibility” by Donald Trump, Thursday, November 19, at a time when the outgoing president still refuses to recognize the victory of his Democratic rival. The former vice-president, whose inauguration is scheduled for January 20, blasted “incredibly damaging messages sent to the rest of the world, about how democracy works” American.
In the November 3 presidential election, Joe Biden garnered the votes of nearly 80 million American voters, compared to just under 74 million for Donald Trump. The outgoing president won just 232 voters, compared to 306 for his Democratic opponent – 36 more than the minimum required to enter the White House. On November 12, the government agency in charge of security polls in the United States declared this election as “the safest in the history of the United States”. “There is no evidence of a voting system having erased, lost or changed ballots, or been hacked in any way.”, she stressed.
Donald Trump’s campaign team has, however, increased the number of legal remedies in recent weeks, in order to contest, without foundation, the results of the election. According to Boston Globe, out of 33 complaints, Trump and his allies suffered failures 31 times. Franceinfo looks back on several of these legal battles, in states where Joe Biden was declared the winner.
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A firm rejection of justice in Pennsylvania
The decision fell on Saturday, November 21. Pennsylvania State Judge Matthew Brann strongly dismissed the complaint by Donald Trump’s team about postal voting in the state. In his judgment, he mentions “baseless legal arguments and hypothetical accusations”. “In the United States of America, this cannot justify the deprivation of the right to vote of a single voter, let alone all the voters of the sixth most populous state.” of the country, defends the magistrate, before adding: “Our people, our laws and our institutions demand more” that.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, Donald Trump’s Justice Advisor Jenna Ellis, as well as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani issued a statement in reaction to this decision, notes the HuffPost. This verdict, they say, “helps our strategy to get to the Supreme Court quickly” to settle this legal battle.
Before Judge Brann’s announcement, Donald Trump’s camp had obtained a victory over one of his appeals, however minimal and without much influence on the results of the poll in Pennsylvania. On November 12, the Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had ordered the shelving of certain postal ballots, and their not taken into account in the count of the votes. At the heart of the appeal: an extended deadline for receiving missing proof of identity from voters by correspondence, explains the Wall Street Journal* (subscribers edition). The American daily specifies that this same court offered another (slim) victory to Donald Trump’s campaign team in Pennsylvania. She felt that election observers should see “all aspects of certification of results” less than 1.8 meters away. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, however, rejected this decision.
The end of an appeal in Michigan
Thursday, Donald Trump’s team announced that it was ending the legal action initiated in the state of Michigan, to challenge the certification of results in this key state. In a complaint filed on November 11, the camp of the American president wanted the results not to be certified in the state, until the legality of the votes was verified.
“This morning, we are withdrawing our lawsuit in Michigan, a direct result of the remedy we wanted: to prevent the Wayne County election from being prematurely certified, before residents can be assured that any legal vote has been passed. taken into account and that any illegal vote was not counted “, Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement. A false statement, emphasizes the television channel CNBC*: Tuesday evening, the authorities certified the results of the poll in this county.
As recalled Business Insider*, a Michigan claims court judge also dismissed Camp Trump’s request to stop recounting in the state. A complaint from the president’s campaign team, filed on November 4, argued that local authorities had failed to allow Republican election observers sufficient access to the postal vote tally. The judge considered that this request came too late, because the state votes had already been counted.
Charges dismissed in Nevada
November 5 according to Wall Street Journal, a lawsuit filed by Republicans in the state of Nevada tried to question the way the votes were counted in Clark County. The plaintiffs criticized the use of a machine to verify signatures on postal ballots, and demanded better access for election observers to the counting process. The next day, a judge rejected this request, specifies the American economic daily.
The Wall Street Journal adds that Donald Trump’s team subsequently contested the final election results in the state of Nevada, in an appeal filed Tuesday. The plaintiffs claim, again without merit, that irregularities and fraud touched enough votes to “raise a reasonable doubt” as to the outcome of the ballot in the state. According to Associated Press *, a hearing is scheduled for December 1 on this matter.
A marker at the heart of a dispute in Arizona
As Business Insider explains, two Republicans from Maricopa County, Arizona, have in turn taken legal action, supported by Donald Trump’s campaign team. The latter ensured that Republican votes had not been counted in the county, because these voters had used during the vote … an indelible marker of the Sharpie brand, whose ink would cross the paper of the ballots, as explained Release. County authorities questioned the accusations, assuring that no ballots were put aside due to the use of the felt. The appeal was subsequently dropped.
On November 7, the US president’s campaign team concurrently sued Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, again claiming ballots were mistakenly invalidated in Maricopa County. The complaint called for a manual evaluation of the ballots in question and the suspension of the vote certification process during that evaluation, the report said. Wall Street Journal. Donald Trump’s lawyers finally asked the courts not to rule on these accusations, which are recognized as unreliable, adds the Washington Post *.
Other charges dismissed in Georgia
In the state of Georgia, where the vote recount confirmed Joe Biden’s victory, the local Republican Party as well as Donald Trump’s campaign team launched an action against the Chatham County Board of Elections as early as day after the election. According to the latter, ballots received after the closing of the polling stations on November 3 had been counted during the count. Local justice rejected this complaint two days later, reports the Wall Street Journal. There was no evidence to support the plaintiffs’ accusation against the Council of Elections.
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