Newsweek: Pennsylvania Could Be ‘Florida of 2020’ With Post-Election Day Court Battles, Lawyers Warn
Newsweek: Pennsylvania Could Be 'Florida of 2020' With Post-Election Day Court Battles, Lawyers Warn
Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battleground states, could be the “Florida of 2020” when it comes to court battles on or after Election Day, lawyers have warned.
A number of court decisions have determined how the state’s voters can cast their ballots in November’s election amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But some lawyers believe these may not be enough to prevent a flood of legal challenges on Election Day and afterward, which could prevent the state’s counties from meeting the deadline to certify their election results on November 23. …
Suzanne Almeida, the interim executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, a nonpartisan organization that advocates to expand access to voting, told Newsweek that the “pattern of litigation” seen in the state in recent months is unlikely to end with Election Day.
“We know that Pennsylvania is certainly in the center of the bullseye when it comes to this election. With new voting laws, and a focus from both national campaigns, everyone is fighting for the state’s voters. And we don’t expect that to stop on Election Day,” Almeida said.
“We have already seen a pattern of litigation from both parties, but particularly President Trump’s campaign where they are attempting to use the courts to clarify or in some cases rewrite election law in Pennsylvania,” she added.
“But at the end of the day the important thing is that every single vote counts and that voters have confidence in the result—whatever it is.”