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Georgia election officials to give update on hand recount of ballots cast in presidential race

ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — A Georgia election official said Tuesday morning that the hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race would be complete by Wednesday evening.

“We feel like we’re on a good path,” said Gabriel Sterling with Georgia’s Secretary of State Office. “The audit is on pace.”

Sterling said the by-hand recount is so the state can move to certify its election results. Once certified, the losing campaign can request a recount, which would be done using scanners that read and tally the votes. The AP has not declared a winner in Georgia, where Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 0.3 percentage points.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger did not attend Tuesday morning’s news conference. Trump and his allies have criticized Raffensperger, saying that mismanagement and fraud tainted the state’s presidential election.

Over the weekend, Trump posted on social

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election law changes are needed

Officials in several central Pennsylvania counties say the Nov. 3 election went well, given the unprecedented number of votes cast this year.



a man and a woman sitting at a desk: Employees with the York County Department of Elections feed ballots into scanners (four total) inside the York County Executive Center on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.


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Employees with the York County Department of Elections feed ballots into scanners (four total) inside the York County Executive Center on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

But they also hope to see the General Assembly make some changes in the election law in the future.

The state reported record voter turnout in at least 60 years. More than 6.9 million Pennsylvanians — or 70.93 percent of the voting-age population — cast a ballot by mail or in-person at the polls in the presidential election, according to a news release.

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This year marked the first time that voters could cast a no-excuse mail-in ballot. With the coronavirus pandemic,

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You don’t have a ‘right’ to a lawyer when you’re trying to steal an election

By the time of the General Services Administration’s decision to allow President-elect Joe Biden’s transition to proceed, the lawyering intended to keep President Trump in office had descended into a sort of surrealism, with madcap news conferences unspooling conspiracies masterminded by dead Venezuelan dictators, and rivulets of hair color trickling down Rudolph W. Giuliani’s cheeks. This now appears to have been the terminal phase of a project that began with a deeper bench of lawyers and a pile of “legal spaghetti” — to borrow a metaphor from former RNC chairman Michael Steele — thrown at the wall.



Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as he holds a news conference about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results with fellow Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as he holds a news conference about the 2020 U.S. presidential election results with fellow Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign and its allies had hurled cases

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Dem Rep Demands Giuliani Lose Law License After Election Legal Battles Hit Dead End

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) filed complaints in five states on Friday demanding that Rudy Giuliani and 22 other lawyers working with the Trump campaign be disbarred for filing “frivolous” lawsuits and allegedly engaging in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation” in their failed attempts to overturn the election results.

Giuliani has happily waged Trump’s election delegitimization war for him, launching unsuccessful legal challenges in several swing states as part of an effort to cast doubt on President-elect Joe Biden’s legitimate victory. Trump’s personal lawyer has held bizarre press conferences where his conspiracy-laden meltdowns have spurred blistering rebukes from federal judges.

Pascrell isn’t taking Giuliani’s flailing attempts at overturning election results lightly.

Pascrell told the Washington Post on Tuesday that his rationale for filing the complaints against Giuliani and other Trump campaign lawyers has much to do with how President Trump “has done great damage to this nation — but

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Changes to Pa. election law needed, officials say

Officials in several central Pennsylvania counties say the Nov. 3 election went well, given the unprecedented number of votes cast this year.

But they also hope to see the General Assembly make some changes in the election law in the future.

The state reported record voter turnout in at least 60 years. More than 6.9 million Pennsylvanians — or 70.93 percent of the voting-age population — cast a ballot by mail or in-person at the polls in the presidential election, according to a news release.

This year marked the first time that voters could cast a no-excuse mail-in ballot. With the coronavirus pandemic, more than 3 million mail-in or absentee ballots came in.

“Considering the unprecedented volume of votes this election cycle, everything went very well as a result of the dedication and tireless service of our elections staff, who worked around the clock for months to prepare,” Adams County

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Hungary: Planned election law change could hamper opposition

Currently, election law requires that parties must run candidates in a minimum of 27 voting districts in at least nine counties and the capital Budapest in order to present a national list. The new proposal, approved 8-4 on Tuesday by parliamentary committee, would significantly increase this minimum requirement.

The government argues the changes are necessary to prevent fake parties from abusing state funding they receive for election campaigns.

If approved by the ruling party’s parliamentary supermajority, the amendment would force opposition parties to join in running a single national list against Fidesz. This could widen ideological fault lines within the tenuous coalition and make it more difficult to unseat Orban’s government.

For months, the opposition has negotiated the details of a unity strategy against Orban in forthcoming 2022 elections, vowing to coordinate candidates in individual districts in an effort to prevent splitting opposition votes, and to adopt a common political

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Wisconsin 2020 Election: Amber Pflughoeft cast ballot before dying of cancer; vote won’t be counted

CHILTON, Wis. — Amber Pflughoeft beamed with pride as she filled out her ballot for the first time last month.

A 20-year-old who’d been fighting bone cancer for a decade, she was fascinated with politics, her mother Tiffany Pflughoeft remembered. And after spending the last midterm election in the hospital following a bone marrow transplant, she was determined to vote this year.

But just a few days after she mailed in her ballot, Amber’s condition took a sudden turn for the worse. She went back to the hospital and died in late September.

Now, her ballot will be thrown out under Wisconsin election law. She is one of several dozen Wisconsinites whose votes will be canceled because they passed away after voting early, according to state Elections Commission data provided to CNN through a public records request.

“She was so excited about it,” Tiffany Pflughoeft said this week. “She died

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Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results

The Board of State Canvassers certified Michigan’s November general election results Monday.

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, met Nov. 23 to make the vote count official after all 83 Michigan counties certified their election results, which include Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over President Donald Trump. The state certification of the more than 5.5 million ballots cast comes after Trump and his attorneys and supporters persistently called for delaying certification. Board of State Canvasser Norman Shinkle abstained from the vote. The other three board members all voted in favor of certifying.

Aaron Van Langevelde, a Republican canvasser and an attorney for the House Republican Caucus, said the board doesn’t have many options outside of performing its duty to certify the election.

“This board must respect authority entrusted to it and follow the law as it is written. We must not attempt to exercise power we

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Law school deans speak out against baseless attacks on election

As many as half of America’s law school deans — including several in North Carolina — are expected to sign a letter saying continued legal attacks on this month’s election amount to what one called “frivolous attacks on our democracy.”

The letter comes after a parade of unsuccessful lawsuits from President Donald Trump’s legal team challenging the results of the Nov. 3 election. On Monday Michigan certified its election results, dismissing Trump’s complaints about the fairness of the vote and allowing Democrat Joe Biden to claim the state’s 16 electoral votes.

“The thrust of it is that the election was conducted completely fairly and these are baseless and frivolous attacks on our democracy,” Rich Leonard, dean of Campbell University’s School of Law, told the Observer on Monday.

Last Thursday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and North Carolina native Sidney Powell argued for 90 minutes that Trump had won the

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Pennsylvania Republicans File Emergency Lawsuit to Block Certification of Election Results

A group of Pennsylvania Republicans filed a lawsuit over the weekend to block certification of the state’s election results in an eleventh-hour attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the key battleground state.



a person holding a sign: A supporter of President Trump protests the election results in Philadelphia, Penn., November 8, 2020.


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A supporter of President Trump protests the election results in Philadelphia, Penn., November 8, 2020.

The emergency petition, filed in state court, takes issue with a voting reform bill that passed Pennsylvania’s Republican-held legislature in October last year. The lawsuit claims that the law’s allowance of  no excuse mail-in voting is “unconstitutional” and seeks to block Pennsylvania counties from certifying their vote results ahead of the deadline on Monday to do so and invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 election.

The group is led by Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly and GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell, who has not conceded since his defeat this month by his Democratic rival, Representative Conor

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