A week after election day, President Donald Trump’s legal team filed lawsuits nationwide to address alleged election fraud and irregularities in response to election results.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the president shouldn’t give up and give in to President-elect Joe Biden.
“President Trump has 100% the right to investigate allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” said McConnell.
Attorney General William Barr urged US attorneys to investigate material allegations of voting irregularities if they find them.
If you think another cliffhanger like Bush is on the horizon against Gore, legal experts say this is far from when all eyes were on South Florida in 2000.
“What I hear is a lot of table knocking,” said Steve Zack, a veteran Miami attorney who was on the Al Gore legal team on the historic case. “I don’t hear anything that would actually change the result.”
During a video call, Zack told NBC 6 that the Trump lawsuits simply would not affect the outcome.
Lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia, both for postal ballot counting, have already been dismissed. Another in Nevada represented a single voter, not thousands. The main challenge is that in Pennsylvania, the ballot papers were postmarked on or before election day, but were allowed to arrive up to three days later. The Supreme Court has already denied it once.
“The result is, frankly, if a person casts a vote under the law that existed at the time of voting, the vote could count,” Zack said.
Cameras that broadcast live images while counting make a difference, Zack said.
“This was the most open choice we’ve ever had,” he said. “There were hundreds of eyes, if not thousands of eyes, in every single district … I don’t think there was any fraud.”
Trump supporters protested after the election, claiming the election was stolen. Zack says that’s a troubling claim.
“This is much more than the presidency,” he said. “There is the absolute question of the legitimacy and the future of our freedom.”
In contrast to Bush v Gore – when 537 votes made the difference – the disputed voting margin in Pennsylvania is 50,000 votes. The date by which all legal maneuvers should be completed is December 8th, the safe haven deadline for the Electoral College.