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The Outcome of the 2020 Election May Be Decided in Court

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Update: Since the publication of this story, the Trump campaign has announced that the President will request a recount in Wisconsin “immediately” due to “reports of irregularities” in some counties.

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Regardless of who is declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, post-election lawsuits seem inevitable.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of mail-in ballots hit historic levels. Many key battleground states are continuing to count votes and are expected to do so for days to come following the election.

The race between incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, is extremely close but concern is mounting over the integrity of the U.S. election as it looks like some states will take days of tallying votes before a winner is announced.

Both sides have lawyers scattered across the country. And both sides say they are ready for a fight to make sure every ballot is counted or certain ballots are excluded from being counted. One state that will certainly be contested is Wisconsin, which is a one-percent difference between the candidates and a recount is expected, according to White House officials.

The post-election courtroom battles will challenge the status of mail-in ballots received after Election Day.

Our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a major fraud in our nation.

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Biden addressed his supporters last night emphasizing that a winner will not be declared until every ballot had been counted.

“We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished,” said Biden. “And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.”

Trump responded that he would be “going to the U.S. Supreme Court” over the election.

“Our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. This is a major fraud in our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner,” Trump said last night. “So we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list.”

Republican and democratic lawyers have been going to court up until Tuesday, fighting new procedures put into place because of the Coronavirus pandemic. There has been roughly 300 lawsuits filed before Election Day in dozens of states.

President Trump attacked the decision made by the Supreme Court on Monday allowing for an extended count of Pennsylvania mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day.

“The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!

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North Carolina has also been arguing in court between Democrats who support extending the deadline for absentee ballots and Republicans who oppose it. The issue is a six-day extension approved by a state court — beyond the three extra days after Election Day that the Republican-controlled legislature agreed to in response to the pandemic.

Trump has insisted that the election results should be determined the evening of Nov. 3, and has been vocal about the alleged illegitimacy of mail-in voting.

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On Sunday, Trump said that as soon as the polls close, “We’re going in with our lawyers.”

Trump has said that the election outcome could very well be decided in the courtroom and it appears he may be right. If the race continues to be close, the more likely the election outcome will first have to be fought out in a court of law.

You can follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @LevyAnnaliese

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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