The Trump Administration Law Suits


Naomi Presler, Reporter

After the announcement that Joe Biden had won the Presidential election, Trump’s campaign committee filed lawsuits left and right. Four states were in mind when these lawsuits were filed: Nevada, Pennsylvania,  Georgia, and Michigan. These four had close races and became battlegrounds for the election Biden won all of the states, but very narrowly. 


In Michigan, Biden won by 154,188 votes. Because it was so close, Trump’s campaign committee filed three cases.  

  1. To halt the counting of absentee ballots, because the campaign officials had not been given access to observe the process as required by state law. Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens denied the lawsuit on Nov. 6.
  2. To halt the certification of election results in Detroit: Michigan’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold. Judge Timothy Kenny denied the motion on Nov. 6, saying there was no evidence that oversight procedures had not been followed.

3.The last being very obvious: to stop counting votes due to voter fraud. The Trump campaign swore that it had a hundred people to prove their case, however, no voter fraud was found.

These are the first three of many other lawsuits. 


Next, is the battleground state, Pennsylvania. The race was also very close with Biden only winning by 81,660 votes. The Trump campaign has filed seven lawsuits so far; however, three of these cases stand out.

  1. To compel Philadelphia election officials to stop counting ballots, which was dismissed          2. To compel state election officials to allow Trump campaign officials closer observation of the counting process. A state judge ruled in the campaign’s favor, allowing campaign officials to observe the Philadelphia process from a six foot distance. Philadelphia election officials appealed the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court  and on Nov. 9, the court agreed to hear the case. On Nov. 15, the state’s Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s ruling. The Supreme court ruled that lower courts’ decisions were correct.                                                                               3. To persuade the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar, and all 67 counties to impose an earlier date for voters to show proof of identification if it was not on their initial ballots. On November 12, the presiding judge ruled in favor of the campaign, writing that ballots cast by voters who had not provided supplemental identification by Nov. 9 could not be counted. Previously, that judge had ordered all counties to segregate those ballots while weighing whether to count them.

Nevada also has a few lawsuits on their hands. 

  1. To impose an injunction on the automated signature-verification machines used in Clark County as ballots continue to be counted.
  2. To compel state election officials to allow the public closer observation at a Clark County ballot-counting facility. A district judge rejected the lawsuit, ruling they lacked standing to bring the claims forward and had no evidence to back up their arguments. The plaintiff’s appealed to the state Supreme Court, but were denied the request for immediate relief. On November 10, the campaign officially filed to dismiss the suit.

In Georgia, the administration tried to disqualify about 53 ballots. This was thankfully, rejected on November 5th.

The Trump administration has come out with more cases by the day. Trump has continued to give false information about the election and lower courts and Supreme Courts are overturning the administration’s efforts.