The Trump campaign took its #StopTheSteal 2020 election case to 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking then to hear its legal challenge.
Team Trump’s appeal comes after an Obama nominated lower court judge on Saturday dismissed President Trump’s case, in which his lawyers argued that several counties in the Keystone State violated the Constitution by treating Republican and Democratic voters differently since some voters were allowed to cure their mail-in ballots of errors while others were not availed the opportunity.
Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, who is a defendant in the case, stated she expects counties in Pennsylvania to certify their election results Monday, with some counties anticipating delays in certifying their results.
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
The Trump campaign told the federal appeals court that the true deadline for certification is Dec. 8, pushing for the court to hear the dispute quickly, arguing in court papers.
“It is critically important for Appellants’ claims to be heard before the December 8, 2020 ‘safe harbor’ date under 3 U.S.C. §5 of Pennsylvania certifying its Presidential electors, which is only 16 days away. This is the operative and legally binding deadline, not the date of November 23, 2020,”
The Trump campaign asked the court to have the defendants respond by Tuesday and schedule oral arguments for Wednesday.
While the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals granted the request for expedited review, they have not set a date for oral arguments.
Instead, the court is requiring defendants to respond through court filings by Tuesday afternoon.
Counties will certify their results Monday to Ms. Boockvar, who will then make her own certification, and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will alert the winning candidate’s electors, so they can appear in the Capitol on Dec. 14 to vote
“The Department of State continues to work closely with and support all 67 counties as they work to complete the election certification process. Certification is not usually a public event, but if that changes, we will notify you,” Wanda Murren, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Department of State, told reporters.
The most likely path to victory for President Trump goes through Pennsylvania.
If Trump prevails there, he would also need to reverse projected losses in at least two other states to reach the 270 electoral votes required to win the White House.
• This story is based in part on wire service reports.