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Jim Geraghty

November 9, 2020 9:42 AM

This weekend, the news organizations projected Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race; Democrats danced in the streets, and Biden and Kamala Harris gave their victory speeches. Foreign leaders and former presidents sent congratulatory messages to Biden. President Trump has not conceded the race. This morning, you don’t need anyone to tell you how to feel about all this. You need someone to tell you the vote margin, the threshold for mandatory recounts, what to expect if there are recounts, and the status of the Trump campaign’s various lawsuits about the vote counts.

The Vote Count, as of This Morning

Here is where the vote count stands in each of the close swing states:

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The Trump Lawsuits

In Friday’s Morning Jolt, I noted three unsuccessful lawsuits by the Trump campaign in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

In a separate lawsuit in Michigan seeking to delay the certification of results in Detroit, Circuit Court judge Timothy Kenny denied the request, declaring, “plaintiffs do not offer any affidavits or specific eyewitness evidence to substantiate their assertions. Plaintiffs merely assert in their verified complaint, ‘Hundreds or thousands of ballots were duplicated solely by Democratic party inspectors and then counted.’ Plaintiffs’ allegation is mere speculation . . . This Court finds that it is mere speculation by plaintiffs that hundreds or thousands of ballots have, in fact, been changed and presumably falsified.”

In Nevada, Nevada Republicans filed suit in federal court to cease use of a signature-verification machine for mail ballots in Clark County, alleging the signature-verification system is using lower quality images than the software requires. The preliminary injunction was denied. Before the election, Nevada Republicans filed a similar claim in state court, and Carson City district-court judge James Wilson denied their request, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to bring the case and had failed to provide evidence of “debasement or dilution of a citizen’s vote . . . no evidence was presented of any [system] errors or inaccuracies. No evidence was presented that there is any indication of any error in Clark County Agilis signature match rate.”

Elsewhere in Nevada, a Trump campaign lawsuit about observers monitoring the vote count was settled when the county registrar’s office allowed more access to the tables.

In Arizona, the Public Interest Legal Foundation and local GOP lawyer Alexander Kolodin filed suit, contending that the use of Sharpies caused the ballots to be invalidated, and asking that “all ballots left uncured or denied due to the required use of Sharpies be identified and corrected.” But three days later, Kolodin dismissed the suit.

As noted last week, Arizona state attorney general Mark Brnovich investigated and concluded, “Based on correspondence and conversations with Maricopa County officials, we are now confident that the use of Sharpie markers did not result in disenfranchisement for Arizona voters. We appreciate the county’s prompt insight and assurances to address public concerns.”

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Doug Ducey Gives an Update on the Vote Count in Arizona

Katie Pavlich

Nov 09, 2020 1:30 PM

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey gave an update on the state's vote counting process and totals Monday, stressing the importance of getting to the end before making any determinations about a winner.

"In Arizona, we are still counting the votes, with roughly 75,000 to 80,000 left. Our expectation is that we finish counting," Ducey released in a statement. "We’ve been through this drill before in Arizona. Making it easy to vote and hard to cheat has also resulted in time consuming efforts to ensure the integrity of our elections. We’ve already seen the outcome of races change to a dramatic degree, and some results remain unclear." 

"The President, just like any other candidate, has the right to all available legal challenges and remedies, and we are confident they will be properly adjudicated. We will respect the election results," he continued. 

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Good morning!
Outstanding ballots in Arizona: 77k
Rural "Trump" counties: 14.5k
Rural "Biden counties: 5.3k
Pima: 18.7k
Maricopa: 38.4k

Provisionals: 40.6k
Others: 30.2k
Awaiting curing: 6.2k

Signature curing deadline is Tuesday at 5pm.

— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) November 9, 2020

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“Poll workers struggled to operate new voting machines in Maricopa County, & improperly pressed/told voters to press a green button to override errors...voting machines disregarded votes cast by voters in person on Election Day in Maricopa County.” https://t.co/CJbyPBheQX

— Nick Short ???? (@PoliticalShort) November 9, 2020
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Analysis Shows 10,000 Dead People Returned Mail-in Ballots in Michigan[/url]

Steven Ertelt  

Nov 10, 2020  2:01PM

As credible reports of election fraud come in from across the country, a new analysis shows 10,000 dead people returned mail-in ballots in the state of Michigan. If that’s the case, it would potentially have an impact on results in the battleground state which show President Donald Trump and Senate candidate John James trailing their opponents.

The Epoch Times has more:

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About 9,500 voters confirmed dead through the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) are marked in the state’s mail voting database as having returned their ballots. Another nearly 2,000 are 100 years old or more and are not listed as known living centenarians.

The analysis was provided by Richard Baris, director of Big Data Poll.

The data indicates that somebody else was trying to vote on behalf of these people.

“It’s also entirely possible that some of them aren’t even real people,” Baris told The Epoch Times via email. “If someone is 110 or some ridiculous age, we should have their death record but do not.”

Americans older than 110 are exceedingly rare. Only a handful of such seniors are known to live in Michigan.

 

Although Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State said votes cast by dead people would be rejected, Baris said he’s concerned that some of those 10,000 may have been counted as legitimate votes. She admitted there is no data yet on how many of the ballots were rejected.

“While I’m open to the idea some of these have been rejected, I’m not open to any outright dismissal they all were rejected,” he said in a Nov. 8 tweet.

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Judge rules late PA ballots should NOT be counted—Secretary of State 'lacked statutory authority' to override election law

Mia Cathell

November 12, 2020

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered that segregated ballots should not be counted, ruling that the State Secretary Kathy Boockvar "lacked statutory authority" to override the election law.

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Based on the secretary of state's "interpretation and application" of the state Supreme Court's decision in Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar, President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt concluded that Boockvar "lacked statutory authority" to issue the Nov. 1 guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections, purportedly changing the deadline of the state's election code "for certain electors to verify proof of identification."

The ruling stated that the aforementioned county board are "enjoined from counting any ballots that have been segregated" pursuant to the court's order dated Nov. 5, granting a special injunction.

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Michigan GOP state senators demand full audit of 2020 election results

Libby Emmons

November 12, 202

Republican state senators in Michigan have asked for a full audit of that state's general election results. In a letter delivered to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, GOP state senators Lana Theis and Tom Barrett requested that a "full audit be conducted of the 2020 election prior to the certification of any results."

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Their letter detailed the allegations of a "glitch" in Antrim County, which "caused thousands of Michigan ballots that were meant for some candidates to be wrongly counted for their opposing candidates." Theis and Barrett note that while this issue was corrected, it may have been accidentally replicated in other counties.

Theis and Barrett also make note of the now controversial Dominion Voting Systems, writing that the secretary of state in Texas had specifically refused to certify those systems for use in that state because the examiner "could not verify that the system was 'safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation.'" They note that this brings the efficacy of Dominion's voting software into question for Michigan's use, as well.

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Judge Smacks Down Detroit Voter Fraud Lawsuit: ‘Rife with Speculation’

Ryan Mills

November 13, 2020 5:33 PM

A Michigan circuit judge on Friday refused to block the certification of the Detroit area’s election results after a conservative legal nonprofit filed a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in the heavily Democratic city.

In his ruling, Wayne County circuit judge Timothy Kenny called the allegations made in the conservative Great Lake Justice Center’s lawsuit “incorrect and not credible.”

The election challengers named in the suit “paint a picture of sinister fraudulent activities both openly in the TCF Center and under the cloak of darkness.” But, he wrote, the allegations were “decidedly contradicted” by a former state elections director.

David Kallman, the lawyer for the Great Lake Justice Center who filed the lawsuit, said he disagrees with Kenny’s ruling and plans to file an emergency appeal. Michigan’s deadline for counties to certify election results is November 17. Democrat Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in the state by more than 146,000 votes, according to unofficial election tallies.

Kallman said it wasn’t true that Christopher Thomas, Michigan’s former elections director, directly contradicted his witnesses. Kallman said the judge essentially said his witnesses – including former Michigan secretary of state Ruth Johnson – weren’t credible, which he disputes. He said the judge is free to decide which side’s witnesses he believes.

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Pa. Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim that Republicans lacked access to Philly vote count

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Republican monitors observing vote counting in Philadelphia were given sufficient access under state law to view the proceedings.

In a 5-2 decision, the court overturned a lower court decision that ordered monitors with President Donald Trump’s campaign be allowed within six feet of tables where ballots were being tallied.:snip:

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Pa. Supreme Court rejects Trump campaign claim that Republicans lacked access to Philly vote count

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Republican monitors observing vote counting in Philadelphia were given sufficient access under state law to view the proceedings.

In a 5-2 decision, the court overturned a lower court decision that ordered monitors with President Donald Trump’s campaign be allowed within six feet of tables where ballots were being tallied.:snip:

 

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In its opinion, the Supreme Court found that the Philadelphia Board of Elections complied with requirements for observer access from the moment the first votes were counted.

 

Hello Pa. Supreme Court

I live on a planet called Earth. What is The Name Of Your Planet?

 

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