The results of the Pennsylvania votes can finally be certified, showing Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes. Once again, a Team Trump attempt to invalidate the 2020 election has been thwarted.
Trump’s legal team had requested that the court grant an injunction to stop the state from certifying its election results, arguing that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law was violated when Pennsylvania counties took different approaches to notifying voters before the election about technical problems with their submitted mail-in ballots. If that sounds to you like an argument taken from the dizzying world of Alice in Wonderland, you are certainly not alone.
Trump’s remedy for this difficult-to-pin-down “violation” was to throw out millions of votes– after they had been counted and tallied.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, refused to side with the desperate meanderings of the outgoing Trump’s legal team, saying the campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations … unsupported by evidence.”
The larger question of the rights of each individual voter to have his or her vote counted was not ignored during arguments. Brann wrote:
“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. . . . Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”
It is unfortunate that Trump and his legal team could care less about the rights of the American voter– unless, of course, that voter votes for Trump.
In the end, Pennsylvania certainly helped solidify Biden’s win, but even with the state’s 20 electoral votes, Trump would still have lost the election.
His people will probably appeal.