Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, representing another blow to President Donald Trump’s campaign in his effort to invalidate the choice.
Federal Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, rejected the request for an injunction from the president’s campaign, dashing his hopes of somehow nullifying the results of the presidential race.
In his ruling, Brann said that the Trump campaign presented “tense legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations … without supporting evidence.”
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the deprivation of the right to vote of a single voter, much less of all voters in its sixth most populous state,” he said in his ruling. “Our people, laws and institutions demand more.”
Trump had argued that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to notifying voters before the election of technical problems with mailed ballots.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven counties where the majority voted for Biden, which had been sued by the Trump campaign, had argued that the president had raised similar claims and lost.
Joe Biden said there is no excuse for the Trump administration not sharing key information about the fight against the pandemic.
Brann was told that the “remedy” the Trump campaign was seeking, to cast millions of votes for alleged isolated problems, was too extreme, particularly after most of them had been counted.
“There is no justification at any level for the radical disenfranchisement they seek,” Boockvar’s attorneys wrote in a brief filed Thursday.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after Brann’s ruling, saying, “Another one bites the dust.”
President-elect Biden’s campaign lists the bizarre appearance as a “show” on Guiliani’s part, which only proves how “absurd Donald Trump’s completely discredited allegations are,” said Michael Gawin, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign.
The state’s 20 electoral votes alone would not have been enough to give Trump a second term. Counties must certify their results to Boockvar by Monday, after which she will do her own certification.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will notify voters of the winning candidate that they must report to vote on Capitol Hill on December 14.