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Judge throws out Donald Trump's bid to stop Pennsylvania vote certification - ABC News

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by US President Donald Trump's campaign that sought to throw out millions of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania.

The ruling deals Mr Trump's campaign another blow in its effort to overturn his November 3 election loss to Democratic president-elect Joe Biden.

US District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described the case presented by the Trump campaign as "strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations".

Judge Brann added that he "has no authority to take away the right to vote of even a single person, let alone millions of citizens".

"In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth-most-populated state," the ruling read.

"Our people, laws, and institutions demand more."

Turning down the Trump campaign's request for an injunction, Judge Brann ruled US election officials in Pennsylvania can now certify results that currently show Mr Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes.

Mr Trump had argued that the US constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to notifying voters before the election about technical problems with their submitted mail-in ballots.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and the seven Biden-majority counties that the campaign sued had argued Mr Trump had previously raised similar claims and lost.

They told Judge Brann the remedy the Trump campaign sought, to throw out millions of votes over alleged isolated issues, was far too extreme, particularly after most of them had been tallied.

"There is no justification on any level for the radical disenfranchisement they seek," Ms Boockvar's lawyers wrote in a brief filed Thursday.

The state's 20 electoral votes would not have been enough on their own to hand Mr Trump a second term.

Counties must certify their results to Ms Boockvar by Monday, after which she will make her own certification.

Pennsylvania's Democratic Governor Tom Wolf will notify the winning candidate's electors they should appear to vote in the US Capitol on December 14.

Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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2020-11-21 23:43:00Z

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