2020-11-10 21:15:19 | What’s happening with lawsuits, postal votes and recounts in the US election?



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The Georgia Republican Party and President Trump have asked a judge to secure and account for all late ballots.

A Republican poll watcher claimed that election officials in Chatham County, Georgia, added 53 mail-in ballots which arrived late to a pile of lawfully collected votes. Mail-in ballots are expected to lean toward the Democrats.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit, however, Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not provide an explanation for his decision on Thursday, November 5, at the close of a roughly one-hour hearing.

The county includes the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.

Georgia state officials have announced that a recount will take place due to the narrow margin between Mr Trump and Mr Biden.

A recount can be requested by a candidate if the margin is under 0.5 percent of votes cast according to Georgia state law.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said: “Right now Georgia remains too close to call. Out of approximately 5 million votes cast we’ll have a margin of a few thousand. With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia.”

A formal recount will take place in late November.

Wisconsin

Mr Trump’s reelection campaign is seeking a recount in Wisconsin after Mr Biden won by less than 0.7 per cent of the vote. Under state law, a recount may be requested if the margin of defeat is less than one per cent.

The Trump campaign also claimed there were “irregularities” in vote counting, but did not expand on what those might be.

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted “If it holds, 20,000 is a high hurdle” in regards to Mr Biden’s current lead over Mr Trump, acknowledging that previous recounts had only changed the tally by a few hundred votes at most.

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Nevada

With 94 per cent of the votes counted, Nevada has been declared a win for Joe Biden, who currently holds a 2.6 per cent lead.

Republicans have hurled multiple lawsuits at Nevada. The Trump campaign announced it would sue the state to stop counting after they claimed ballots have been cast by non-residents and on behalf of the deceased. 

But Nevada election officials pointed out that active military service members who have been transferred outside of Nevada could account for some of these ballots.

A request by the campaign to halt counting in Clark County, Nevada, which usually leans towards the Democrats, was rejected by the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.



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Source References: The Telegraph

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