In documents filed Sunday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, attorneys for Trump's campaign removed a section that claimed almost 700,000 votes were improperly tallied because election officials had restricted the ability of its observers to watch ballots being counted.
Biden has tallied 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232, far more than the 270 needed to win the presidency, according to projections from NBC News, CBS News, ABC News and CNN. Unofficial results show Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by about 20,500 votes, or 0.6 percent.
'Trump's Legal Path to Overturn the Election Results Appears 100 Percent Dead, ' proclaimed U.C. Irvine professor of law and political science Rick Hasen, an election law expert, on Twitter Monday.
Kerns said in a recent court filing that she has faced a torrent of harassing emails and phone messages due to her work for the Trump campaign. The voters had alleged widespread fraud in absentee balloting.
The campaign must wait to request a recount until after the last county reports certified results to the state.
According to court records, the plaintiffs requested a voluntary dismissal of the case ahead of a scheduled hearing for Monday, November 16. Another law firm on the case, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, gave notice last week that it's withdrawing from the case. Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's communications director, said in a statement Monday that the broader vote fraud allegations remain "incorporated" in the claims.
More than 2.6 million mail-in ballots were reported received by counties, and there has been no report by state or county election officials or a prosecutor of fraud or any other problem with the accuracy of the count.
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'It's routine for attorneys to file amended complaints to tighten the claims.
As of midday Monday, 68 of 72 counties had completed certification of the vote.
The Trump campaign still has a federal suit seeking to block certification of the election results in MI based on broad fraud allegations.
In a side-by-side comparison of the two filings, it's clear that the Trump campaign is asking the judge for less.
After the 2016 recount voted totals increased by 713 for Democrat Hillary Clinton and 844 for Republican Donald Trump.
The campaign's revised lawsuit, filed in federal court on Sunday, maintains the aim of blocking Pennsylvania from certifying a victory for Biden in the state, and it maintains its claim that Democratic voters were treated more favourably than Republican voters. The president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said more suits will be filed.
In Wisconsin, for example, four voters who live different counties asked the court to exclude ballots cast in three counties based on differences in absentee voting rules. Several heavily Democratic counties allowed voters to "cure" otherwise disqualified mail-in ballots, such as when a ballot was missing a signature.