Trump Campaign Files Lawsuits Against States

Nathan Kim

The Trump Campaign has filed roughly twelve lawsuits against multiple states over vote counts following projected electoral losses. On November 4th, President Trump appeared in front of the White House and claimed victory, reasserting his desire to have the votes recounted, or to have the counting halted altogether in some areas, via the Associated Press, to “ensure the integrity for the good of this nation”. Lawsuits against Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada are pending, and the Trump campaign has also asked Wisconsin for a partial recount of two counties.

According to the NPR, on Saturday, November 7th, President Trump made a statement saying “Our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated, the American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.” The Trump campaign has sued states that were very close in the vote count, and are mainly asking for recounts but each state has different laws in place which dictate electoral procedures.


With Pennsylvania being a critical swing state, either side had to take the state. But because of COVID-19 precautions, many votes were delivered through mail. The state took time to adjust to this reality, and the results came in much later than expected. Joe Biden took Pennsylvania, but the Trump Campaign took advantage of this unexpected lag and claimed that something suspicious had been happening. The campaign did take a few wins in court with this lawsuit, but so far it has not been enough to overtake Biden’s 45,000 vote lead. What the Trump campaign has won is better access to the ballot-counting process.


In Michigan, the Trump campaign is looking for a recount in Detroit. In the prior election President Trump won this city, but this year it projects to Biden. But in two cases of lawsuits, judges have denied requests to delay the certification of election results. Now, not only is the Trump campaign suing, but some voters are, too. Two voters have filed lawsuits against the City of Detroit and its election commission.


In Arizona, a rumor about sharpies has caused a lawsuit. The rumor stated that some voters’ ballots were incorrectly rejected because the counters were using Sharpies to fill them out. The claim went viral on social media despite it being proven false. This lawsuit was dropped but then another lawsuit claiming other votes in the state were incorrectly rejected emerged, following armed protests in downtown Phoenix.


In Georgia, the Trump campaign claimed that late votes that were illegitimate were mixed in with legitimate votes. These 53 late votes were supposedly delivered after the 7 P.M deadline on Election Day. But a Georgia judge dismissed the suit after finding no evidence to back this claim up. The same witness was unable to provide any evidence aside from this claim. But recently, on November 11, 2020, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that election officials will be conducting a manual recount of all ballots in every county. This recount is mandatory, and caused by the narrow gap between the two candidates in the state.


Joe Biden won Nevada by a very slim margin, making this state a big target. The Trump campaign and the Nevada Republican Party claimed that “irregularities have plagued the election” in Clark County, without providing any evidence. Their argument was that the county should not be able to use a machine to verify signatures, but federal Judge Andrew Gordon rejected the request. The Trump campaign attempted suing Clark County before, unsuccessfully stopping the mail-in ballots.

With all these lawsuits going about, and with the Trump campaign winning so few, Trump has little chance at a second term. Even if the Trump campaign were to win a large majority of their remaining lawsuits, the damage has been done. Biden’s lead is too large in most districts to overturn the results.

Unless further evidence is presented to support the Trump campaign’s assertion that the limited instances of voter fraud that have emerged thus far are actually much more widespread, a Biden presidency becomes more and more likely by the day.