Where the Election Fight Is Playing Out in the Courts

first_imgNevada: Any candidate or campaign can request a recount within three days of the final statewide canvass of results, regardless of the margin. There are no automatic state recounts. ObserversStatus: Pending in state court and resolved in federal courtOn Thursday morning, a Pennsylvania state court handed Mr. Trump a minor victory. A judge ruled that election observers from the Trump campaign, who were allowed to stand 10 feet from the vote counting at the Philadelphia convention center, could move closer, to six feet.By the end of the day, however, lawyers for the Trump campaign had filed an emergency petition in federal court claiming that election officials in the city were not abiding by the state court’s decision and asking that the count in Philadelphia be delayed.At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that “a nonzero number” of Republican observers had in fact turned up.“Then what’s the problem?” Judge Paul S. Diamond asked.The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the question of the observers.Cured/Provisional BallotsStatus: Pending in state and federal courtsRepublicans have brought suits in federal and state courts alleging that Ms. Boockvar provided improper guidance to counties by allowing them to contact voters whose mail ballots had been rejected because of errors so that those voters could fix, or “cure,” their ballots or cast provisional ballots.Both cases focus on votes in Montgomery County, where officials say only 98 ballots might be affected..A judge in the federal case, who is also a George W. Bush appointee, expressed skepticism during a hearing on Wednesday about the validity of the Republicans’ challenge. A decision is pending. With Joseph R. Biden Jr. edging closer to victory in the presidential race, President Trump and the Republican Party have been intensifying efforts to halt the counting of ballots and to challenge the ballots of Democratic voters in lawsuits across the country.Nearly a dozen suits were already making their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, four key states where Mr. Biden leads or has won the vote count.- Advertisement – Mail-in Voter IDStatus: Pending in state courtThe Trump campaign has also sued Ms. Boockvar for her decision to extend by three days, to Nov. 12, the deadline by which mail-in voters must submit materials confirming their identity if they are first-time voters in certain districts. It is unclear how many votes that case would potentially affect. NevadaObservers/Signature Matching in Clark CountyStatus: Pending appeal at state levelMr. Trump’s campaign filed suit before Election Day seeking to stop the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The campaign alleged that county officials were failing to give Republican observers adequate access to monitor mail-in ballot processing and that the county’s signature matching system violated election equal protection laws because it was not being used elsewhere in the state.A judge denied the Trump campaign’s request earlier this week, citing a lack of evidence. An appellate court rejected Republicans’ request that it order an immediate stop to counting but agreed to hear arguments into next week.On Thursday, Republicans indicated that they would drop their case in return for an agreement from the county to expand their observers’ access to ballot counters, but Democrats refused to agree to a dismissal, so the case is still pending. Republicans have since filed a similar suit in federal court. Ineligible ballotsStatus: Resolved in federal courtIn an effective extension of the state lawsuit, two Republican House candidates in Nevada filed a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that there were “lax procedures for authenticating ballots” in Clark County and that more than 3,000 ballots had been cast by inelligible voters, including some cast “on behalf of deceased voters.”The case was assigned to Judge Andrew P. Gordon, an appointee of President Barack Obama’s, who dismissed it on Friday. The two Republican candidates who brought the case, however, can still appeal the decision. MichiganThe Trump campaign filed suit on Wednesday asking a state judge to halt vote counting, alleging that its observers had been blocked from meaningful access to counting rooms. The campaign also asked for access to surveillance footage of the state’s ballot drop boxes.A judge rejected that suit on Thursday, noting that the counting had finished. Mr. Biden won the state and maintains a lead of nearly 150,000 votes. But it is not clear whether the Trump campaign will appeal.RecountsGeorgia: Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, announced on Friday that the state would conduct a recount in the presidential race, saying the results would fall within the margin of a recount. “We are literally looking at a margin of less than a large high school,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, said.Wisconsin: Mr. Trump would be entitled to a recount in Wisconsin as long as the margin between him and Mr. Biden remained less than 1 percent of the vote. The state’s preliminary results show Mr. Trump trailing by about six-tenths of 1 percent.A recount request cannot be made until all 72 of the state’s counties submit their results to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which are due by Nov. 17. The Trump campaign would have to pay for a statewide recount unless the margin shrinks to less than one-quarter of 1 percent. Pennsylvania: State law requires an automatic recount if the result is half a percent or less. If the margin is larger than that, Mr. Trump could still request a statewide recount, but he would have to pay for it.Arizona: State law requires a recount if the margin is one-tenth of one percent or less — otherwise one cannot be requested. Status: At the U.S. Supreme CourtIn September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that election officials could accept ballots postmarked by Election Day but arriving up to three days later. Republicans subsequently sued, and the case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.But in late October, the Supreme Court declined to intercede, saying it was too close to Election Day to make such a ruling, but it left open the possibility of a decision at a later date.- Advertisement –center_img Here are the cases currently underway or facing a potential appeal. All of them have been initiated by Mr. Trump, his party or his allies.PennsylvaniaThe Postmark Battle- Advertisement – Arizona“SharpieGate”Status: Pending in state courtIt was one of the stranger claims of the election. Hours after polls closed in Arizona, a story ricocheted around online saying that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ballots across the state had not been counted because voters had filled them out with felt-tipped Sharpies and not with ballpoint pens.Even though cybersecurity officials from the Department of Homeland Security urged people to ignore the tale, crowds turned up outside of a polling station in Maricopa County, yelling about “SharpieGate.”On Wednesday, Laurie Aguilera, a Maricopa County voter, filed a lawsuit with help from a conservative legal group in Indiana, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, claiming that her ballot — and those of untold others — had not been read properly by vote scanning machines because she had used a Sharpie and “the ink was bleeding through.” Ms. Aguilera has asked a judge to let all voters who filled their ballots out with Sharpies to “cure” them.On Thursday, the Maricopa County Elections Department released a statement saying that Sharpies were in fact “recommended by the manufacturer” of the vote tabulations machines the county uses. Later that day, the state attorney general’s office issued a letter noting that the use of Sharpies in Maricopa County “did not result in disenfranchisement.”Georgia53 Late-Arriving BallotsStatus: Tossed by county courtThe Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday, claiming that a witness had observed 53 late-arriving ballots in Chatham County not being properly stored, potentially allowing for them to mix with timely ballots, and asked that ballot counting in the county be stopped.But Judge James Bass, on the Chatham County Superior Court, tossed the lawsuit on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that those 53 ballots had been received after the 7 p.m. deadline and that there was no evidence county officials had failed to comply with the law.There was no word from the Trump campaign or its Republican allies on Friday whether an appeal was pending. But none of them appear — at least not yet — to provide Mr. Trump what he would need to prevail: the rejection of enough Democratic ballots in enough states to reverse any Biden victory.If Mr. Trump and the Republicans cannot find those rejections through the courts, they could — and will — try to do so through recounts, but the bar is high there too. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:07 p.m. ET On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a motion to intervene in the case, and on Friday the Pennsylvania Republican Party sought to join the effort.But this fight may prove fruitless, as Mr. Biden’s lead in the state is based on ballots cast by Election Day and is expected to grow. Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, said on Thursday that there were not large numbers of late-arriving ballots. As of Friday night, there had been no further action on this case. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Police in Rio de Janeiro Threaten More Protests during Olympic Games

first_img“The police’s priority is the people, the Government’s priority is the Olympics,” read one banner at a separate protest on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro State Assembly, considered a “warning” to the authorities.Those demonstrating claim their wages are too low to live on, while they are allegedly owed overtime salaries.They also claim they are receiving unsatisfactory support for the increasingly dangerous work they are undertaken in communities ravaged by drugs gangs and gun crime.“At the stations we don’t have paper or ink for the printers, there’s no one to come in to clean and some stations don’t have a water supply anymore so the toilets are not functioning,” one officer in an elite unit considered key to providing security for the Olympics told Agence France-Presse.“Members of the public bring toilet paper to us.”This comes as a financial crisis in the State Government coincides with escalating levels of crime.“Our patience has run out,” said Fabio Neira, the head of a police union,“We are living on subsistence levels now.“We don’t want to do anything radical but the Government has forced us to this point…a total shutdown cannot be ruled out.”Rio interim State Governor Francisco Dornelles has admitted this week how the Games could be a “big failure” if appropriate arrangements are not made regarding security and transport plans.He declared an unprecedented “state of public calamity in financial administration” earlier this month, which could threaten “the fulfilment of the obligations as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016”.Interim President, Michel Temer, has already agreed to disburse federal funds to cover Rio’s shortfall, prioritising any projects considered necessary for the Games.But Dornelles said they are still awaiting a BRL$2.9 billion (£579 million/$860 million/€720 million) payout from the Federal Government.Security is a major concern at Rio 2016 after a series of muggings affecting athletes training for the Games.Australia’s six-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch was robbed at gunpoint close to the Guanabara Bay sailing venue last week, while members of both the Spanish and British sailing teams have also been affected.Eight-five thousand security forces are expected to be deployed during the Games.But concerns remain over their accommodation and to what extent the financial crisis affecting the State Govenment will hinder their activities.In a fact sheet on security produced in April and since sent to insidethegames, the nine biggest security concerns surrounding the Games were described as “Terrorist or sabotage actions of any kind”, “Violent actions committed during protests”, “Urban crime and violence,” “Risks to the urban mobility system,” “Risks to public health”, “Risks to essential services,” “Cyber-attacks,” “Natural phenomena,” “Incidents and disasters”.Military state police involved in the protests are expected to be primarily responsible for security at Games venues, official routes, public roads and live sites, as well as protecting dignitaries, the Olympic Family, workforce and spectators.Civil police also involved are expected to be more responsible for emergency response work, including in response to terrorism threats.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Police in Rio de Janeiro are threatening to go on strike during the Olympic and Paralympics as concerns over Games-time security continue to escalate.The latest threat comes as Rio 2016 chief executive Sidney Levy admitted that security fears are his biggest worry ahead of the Games.“Differently from Zika, security’s at the top of my list – the very top of my list,” Levy said.“We should never forget that these days we live in a society that’s very in danger.”Widespread protests took place at the Rio Galeão-Tom Jobim International Airport in which demonstrators held a large sign in which the English message “Welcome to hell: police and firefighters don’t get paid. Whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe,” was written.Other protesting officers held up placards predicting how “there won’t be any Games without a salary,” and that “Rio will grind to a halt.”last_img read more

Christina leads 10 qualifiers for Grand Medal Final

first_img Northamptonshire’s Christina Hancock led 10 players into the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final after they booked their places in regional qualifying.Christina, a past Northamptonshire champion, scored net 74 – one under her handicap – to win the Midlands South regional final at Wellingborough Golf Club.The top 10 players all won places in the Grand Medal Final to find England’s top handicap golfer. They are: Christina Hancock (Whittlebury Park), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Alana Parsons (Robin Hood, Solihull), Jenny Couch (Stafford Castle),  Tina Bater (Sapey), Toni Shirley (Brandon Wood), Susan Veary (Bearwood Lakes), Debbie Warren (Kings Norton), Wendy Mcintyre (Olton), Wendy Douglas (Kington)They’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Christina commented on the qualifier: “It was a lovely day, the course was in great condition and I had great company – and the bonus of playing well.”The five-handicapper, who is now on the brink of getting down to four, played very steadily throughout the round. Her highlight came on the par five 13th, where her second shot finished within 8ft of the pin and she narrowly missed an eagle.Christina is no stranger to success. As well as being county champion, she has won ladies’ championships at three clubs and has held the title at Whittlebury Park for the past six years. “Medal competitions somehow bring out the best in me,” she said. “I don’t know why it is, but my best ever rounds have been on championship days.”She took up golf with her husband about 15 years ago because they were keen to learn a sport together – and both are now single figure players. “We’ve had a great social time with golf,” said Christina. “It takes you to lovely places and you meet lovely people.” 11 May 2015 Christina leads 10 qualifiers for Grand Medal Final last_img read more