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In last-gasp maneuver, Trump campaign tries to invalidate thousands of votes as Wisconsin recount gets underway

As a recount began on Friday in Dane and Milwaukee counties — home to the cities of Madison and Milwaukee — Trump lawyers argued that officials should not merely retabulate all the votes cast in the Nov. 3 election to reconfirm they’d been counted properly.

Instead, they argued that large batches of ballots had been improperly accepted and counted in the first place. In both Dane and Milwaukee, they sought to disqualify all absentee ballots that had been cast before Election Day in person, rather than by mail.

So far, their efforts have been rejected by the Democratic-majority boards of canvasses in both counties, which have denied attempts to set aside large categories of ballots and instead proceeded to a slow-moving process to retabulate all the votes.

The recount must conclude no later than Dec. 1, when the election is scheduled to be certified. At that point, the president’s campaign

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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results



Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019.
  • Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voting, should be deemed “unconstitutional.”
  • Some 2.6 million voters in Pennsylvania cast mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.
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A group of Pennsylvania Republicans, led by US Representative Mike Kelly and 2020 congressional candidate Sean Parnell, are suing Gov. Tom Wolf, the GOP-controlled General Assembly, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, seeking to toss out a major voting reform bill that passed

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Georgia’s Election Chief Is Pressured To Invalidate Legally Cast Ballots : NPR

NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Amy Gardner about her interview with Georgia’s secretary of state who says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots.



STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Republican overseeing Georgia’s elections says his fellow Republicans are pressuring him to throw out legal votes. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is conducting a recount. President-elect Biden leads Georgia by about 14,000 votes, which is a lot more votes than a recount usually changes. Raffensperger acknowledged on CNN yesterday how this is likely to turn out.

(SOUNDBITE OF CNN BROADCAST)

BRAD RAFFENSPERGER: I understand how contentious it is. We’re going to follow the process. We follow the law. The results will be what they are. I’m going to be probably disappointed because I was rooting for the Republicans to win, obviously. But I have a process. I have a law that I follow. Integrity in

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost signs off on Trump lawsuit that Pennsylvania should invalidate some votes: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

PA-laying to the base: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost entered the legal fray in Pennsylvania on Monday, filing a “friend of the court” brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that extended the deadline there for accepting mailed absentee ballots. Per Andrew Tobias, Yost said the court should weigh in on whether state courts can change election deadlines. Pennsylvania told voters that mail votes would be accepted for three days after Election Day, as long as they’re postmarked by Nov. 3. President Donald Trump’s campaign, trying to block a projected defeat, is filing lawsuits in numerous states that President-elect Joe Biden won challenging the results.

Congrats (we guess?): Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday issued vague congratulations to Biden, though he didn’t specify what he was congratulating Biden for and referred to him by his former title of “vice president.” As Jeremy

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Trump Falsely Says He’s Already Won, Announces Intent to Invalidate Millions of Votes

The president addressed a mostly maskless crowd in the White House early Wednesday morning where he spewed lies and disinformation about the results of the presidential election and announced his intent to invalidate millions of legally-cast votes.

Trump falsely claimed that the Democrats and media were conspiring to defraud the American public, saying that initial election results were showing him “winning everything” and then “all of a sudden it was just called off.” That is, of course, not the case. Election results are still coming in and will likely continue to trickle in as the week goes on.

“All of a sudden everything just stopped,” Trump said. “This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. So the goal now is to ensure the integrity [of the election] for this

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