With U.S. President Donald Trump calling his lawyers to shore up his re-election prospects, legal experts opine that the lawsuits are likely to have little impact on changing the outcome but could cast doubts on the process.
With Trump’s path to victory narrowing his campaign late on Thursday was ramping up legal challenges and said it plans on filing its latest suit in Nevada.
On Wednesday, Trump’s lawyers had sued in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia and had asked to join a pending case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to experts these litigations will only drag on the vote counting process and postpone Biden from declaring victory.
“The current legal maneuvering is mainly a way for the Trump campaign to try to extend the ball game in the long-shot hope that some serious anomaly will emerge,” said Robert Yablon, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
In a statement, Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager said the lawsuits were aimed at ensuring legal votes were counted.
For the lawsuits to be meaningful, Trump would have to win by a few thousand votes in one or two states, said experts.
Earlier in Pennsylvania and in Michigan, Trump had asked courts to temporarily halt the vote counts since his campaign’s observers were allegedly denied access to the counting process.
While the Michigan suit was dismissed on Thursday, Pennsylvania’s court ordered that Trump campaign observers be granted better access to counting process in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile at the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump’s campaign is seeking to invalidate mail-in votes in Pennsylvania that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive by the end of Friday.
On Thursday, in Georgia, Trump’s campaign had asked a judge to require Chatham County to separate late-arriving ballots to ensure they were not counted, the case was however dismissed.
According to Edward Foley, who specializes in election law at the Moritz College of Law, the cases may have merit but only impact a small number of ballots and procedural issues. The campaign continues to challenge late arriving mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, which media reports said, were in the hundreds.