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Pennsylvania court rejects Trump campaign’s effort to throw out thousands of mail-in ballots

The Trump campaign challenged the legitimacy of 8,300 ballots because voters did not print their addresses on the outer envelope or print their names under their signature.

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On Friday (Nov. 13), a Philadelphia court ruled to throw out five legal challenges from Donald Trump’s campaign alleging illegitimacy in mail-in ballots that were cast during the 2020 presidential election.

According to The Hill, the Trump campaign alleged that thousands of mail-in ballots were improperly counted. The Court of Common Pleas declined to move further with these allegations. The court said the Trump campaign was “not contending that there has been fraud, that there is evidence of fraud or that the ballots in question were not filled out by the elector in whose name the ballot was issued and it further appearing that Petitioner does not allege fraud or irregularity in the canvass and counting of the ballots.”

The court said all of the ballots that were counted were received on time. Trump’s legal challenges also did not stand because the county’s Board of Elections does not require voters to have their names or addresses printed on the ballots because it's already on the envelope.

This breaking loss comes just days after Trump’s other legal challenges fell flat in several other states, including Georgia and Michigan. Earlier this week, a Georgia judge dismissed the Trump campaign’s lawsuit that raised concern over 53 ballots. Election officials denied any wrongdoing and said the ballots were received on time.

Officials in the Department of Homeland Security said the 2020 presidential election was the “most secure in American history.”

Although Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been named as the projected winners of the election, Trump is refusing to concede. On Tuesday (Nov. 10), the president-elect said Trump’s refusal to concede was shameful.

“Well, I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” the former vice president said. “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy. I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that the United States democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong...but I think at the end of the day, it’s all going to come to fruition on January 20.”

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