President Donald Trump and his campaign continue their fight to overturn the election (Photo: Andrew Neel)
As President Trump refuses to concede the election, more and more of his lawsuits claiming voter fraud are dropped by courts across the U.S.
When President Elect Joe Biden hit 280 electoral votes on November 7th, four days after the counting had begun, President Donald Trump and his legal team got to work. Instead of conceding the election and congratulating Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, the Trump legal team filed dozens of lawsuits in blue states, where he alleged voter fraud had taken place.
According to NPR, since the election Trump’s team has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona.
Trumps twitter is currently filled with accusations of “widespread” voter fraud in the 2020 election, despite not releasing any actual evidence. Many of the sources he cites on Twitter come from Far-right news organizations and some have been tagged as “Disputed” by Twitters fact checkers.
As of November 19th, most of his lawsuits claiming voter fraud have been unsuccessful, due to lack of evidence brought forward by the Trump team. However, according to the New York Post, the Trump legal team was successful at having a bit over 2,000 ballots tossed in Pennsylvania, after the voters’ identity could not be verified. Though technically a victory for the Trump legal team, Biden still won the state by over 54,000 votes.
Trump even went as far as to fire his own chief election security official, Chris Krebs, after an internal investigation into voter fraud and voter integrity yielded no substantive evidence. Hours before his firing, Krebs wrote on Twitter saying “On allegations that election systems were manipulated, 59 experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.’ #Protect2020”.
According to the Associated Press, many of the issues the Trump legal team and others are alleging are fraudulent, are normal in every single election, such as: issues with signatures, postal marks on mail in ballots, and lost, or miscast votes. Even if these errors are corrected, Biden and Harris won by such a large margin, these relatively minute issues would make little difference in the outcome.
What began as a seemingly strategic effort by the Trump campaign to attempt to expose widespread and intentional voter fraud, is now looking more and more like desperation. It is extremely important to count and certify every single legally cast vote. As the election process continues to move forward this cycle, Americans should be confident that democracy will be upheld in this regard.