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GOP maneuvers to challenge battleground absentee ballots

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 17:49:25-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are keeping their legal options open to challenge absentee ballots in Pennsylvania, if the battleground state proves critical to President Donald Trump’s reelection.

A top Democratic lawyer says the suits are meant to sow doubt about the results and lack merit. Two federal lawsuits aim to prevent absentee votes from being counted.

The GOP already has laid the groundwork at the Supreme Court for an effort to exclude ballots that arrive after polls close Tuesday. Trump has railed over several days about the high court’s pre-election refusal to rule out those ballots.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Republicans and a local voter accused county officials in suburban Philadelphia of improperly sorting deficient ballots before Tuesday to give voters a chance to fix problems.