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

Liverpool, C-NS, B’ville track win ahead of showdown

first_imgThe boys meet had Liverpool prevailing 80-61 over F-M and 103-38 over Henninger, with the Warriors’ Nathan Reeves going under the two-minute mark in the 800, winning that race in 1:59.7.Antwan Kelly threw the discus 134’4” as Jacob Barnes claimed the shot put by going 47’8”. Connor Fahey was first in the 400 sprint in 54 seconds flat, the Warriors winning the 4×100 in 46.7 seconds and the 4×400 in 3:44.9 as Reeves, Fahey, Dawson Newbern and Cameron O’Connell took part.The C-NS girls beat West Genesee 90-51 and Nottingham 129-9, with two wins apiece from Brooke Blaisdell and Savannah Kuhr.Blaisdell went 17’1” in the long jump and 36 feet in the triple jump, with Kuhr first in the 100 hurdles in 16.88 seconds and the 400 hurdles in 1:10.59.Liliana Klemanski cleared 5’2” in the high jump, with Kaley Bristow topping 7 feet in the pole vault. Sarah Davis won the 800 in 2:30.55 and Marissa Navarra won the 1,500 (5:17.23) as the Northstars were first in the 4×400 (4:19.83) and 4×800 (10:07.56) relays.Even without Jeremiah Willis in a featured role, the C-NS boys easily beat West Genesee 102-39 and Nottingham 106-35 as many different Northstars went to the forefront.Carlton Garnes won twice, going 36 feet in the triple jump after taking the 110 hurdles in 18.3 seconds. Nate Osborne soared past 12 feet in the pole vault as Ryan Dupra topped 6’2” in the high jump.Andrew Culver had a winning shot put toss of 44’5” as Elijah Knight claimed the discus by throwing it 113’2”. Sam Nessel was first in the 200 in 23.43 seconds.Aidan Dietz went 1:02.36 in the 400 hurdles and Nathan Poirier won the 800 in 2:05.09. R.J. Davis, Matt LeClair and Evan Breitbeck helped the Northstars finish first in the 4×800 relay in 9:16.27.Baldwinsville’s boys team rolled past Corcoran 110-31, with Michael Lawrence running to first place in the 200 (23.5 seconds) and 400 (54.3 seconds) as Mike Letizia was first in the 100 sprint in 11.1 seconds.Jack Michaels initiated a distance running sweep, taking the mile in 4:46 flat and the 3,200 in 10:18.0 as Conor McManus was first in the 800 in 2:09.0. Sam Kellner added a 400 hurdles title in 1:00.4 as the Bees won the 4×100 (45.1 seconds) and 4×800 (9:37.0) relays.In field events, Nick Kruger went 40’8 ½” in the triple jump and had a top long jump of 18’2”. Aidan Priest cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, with Steven Miller unleashing a discus throw of 111’9”.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSliverpooltrack and field Something rare and special would take place on Wednesday when the track and field teams from Liverpool, Cicero-North Syracuse and Baldwinsville go head-to-head for regular-season SCAC Metro division honors at LHS Stadium.They all won last week, with Liverpool the most impressive as it swept Fayetteville-Manlius to go with lopsided wins over Henninger to remain undefeated.Liverpool’s girls topped F-M 79-62 and Henninger 137-4, even though the Hornets’ Claire Walters won all three distance races, including a swift 1,500-meter run where she posted 4:39.6.center_img The Warriors claimed all the field events, though, with Imahni Sinclair throwing the shot put 35 feet 10 inches and the discus 93’6” as Marissa Baskin went 17’4” in the long jump and 34’10” in the triple jump.Amelia Loop cleared 7’6” in the pole vault, with Amina Sinclair and Alexia Ostrander each clearing 4’6” in the high jump.Baskin beat the field in the 100-meter dash in 12.5 seconds as Anne Gullo won the 200-meter dash in 26.6 seconds. Kali Hayes went 15.8 seconds to take the 100 hurdles as Baskin, Gullo, Amina Sinclair and Riley Norris won the 4×100 relay in 50.2 seconds.last_img read more