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Trump files lawsuits to stop vote count in 3 states

United States President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed lawsuits to stop the counting of votes in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. His campaign has filed for re-counting in Wisconsin. After losing in three key states ― Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan, previously held by Republicans ― Trump’s re-election campaign decided to file multiple lawsuits against the vote-counting process.

Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party have filed a lawsuit against the Chatham County Board of Elections, asking an order for the county to secure and account for ballots received after 7 PM on election day

In Pennsylvania, his campaign is set to file a lawsuit over poll watchers and voter ID laws amid the tense finish of the 2020 US presidential elections.

“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it,” Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager said in a statement.

In Michigan, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit demanding to stop counting until meaningful access is granted to them. Ballots are being counted as the presidential race between Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden is poised for a photo-finish. Trump campaign alleged that Michigan had not allowed the president’s team to observe counting in “numerous” locations.

In Wisconsin, where US media says Joe Biden has won, the Trump campaign alleged that there had been irregularities in “several” Wisconsin counties. The Trump campaign said it had “serious doubts” about the validity of the results.

As Trump and Biden are neck-and-neck across the rest of the US in electoral votes, the deciding states have come down to North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump files lawsuit to halt counting in Michigan

President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed a lawsuit on 4 November in Michigan to halt counting election votes, saying the campaign has not had proper access to review the opening and processing of absentee ballots.

Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement, “As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”

“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else,” he added.

As the presidential polls continue to be a cliffhanger, President Trump has been putting out a series of tweets citing his discontent with the prolonged counting process.

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