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World New Jersey judge throws out Trump campaign mail-in ballot lawsuit

10:26  23 october  2020
10:26  23 october  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday threw out an August lawsuit filed by the Trump 2020 Campaign in relation to mail - in voting, according to President Trump has repeatedly spoken out against mail - in voting, saying it would lead to widespread election fraud and the campaign has sued

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit from President Trump ’s reelection campaign to block New Jersey Gov. All 6.3 million of the state’s registered voters will receive a mail - in ballot . A number of polling stations will still be open for residents who want to cast their ballots in-person.

A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday threw out an August lawsuit filed by the Trump 2020 Campaign in relation to mail-in voting, according to reports.

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The judge said the lawsuit, which was also brought by the Republican State Committee and Republican National Committee, failed to show how the campaign would be negatively affected by mail-in voting and added that concerns over voter fraud were speculative, Politico reported.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp wrote in his decision the “plaintiffs have alleged nothing more than the possibility of future injury to their members.”

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The Trump campaign then amended its lawsuit with new arguments, including challenging the early vote counts and a provision that allows elections officials to accept mail - in ballots without postmarks for up to 48 hours after the polls close. Impact: Since the election is well under way in New Jersey

A federal New Jersey judge on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump ’s re-election campaign lawsuit that sought to overturn New Jersey ’s mail - in Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation in August allowing election officials to count mail - in ballots 10 days before Election Day and accept

Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, in August signed an executive order saying the state’s election would mostly be conducted by mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus.

The ballots went out to voters weeks before the lawsuit was thrown out.

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Earlier this month, Shipp also denied a request for an injunction by the Trump campaign to stop the state from counting mail-in ballots early and allowing ballots that arrive after Election Day to be counted, NorthJersey.com reported.

President Trump has repeatedly spoken out against mail-in voting, saying it would lead to widespread election fraud and the campaign has sued several other states that have expanded mail-in voting, including Montana and Nevada. Both of those cases were also dismissed.

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(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump 's re-election campaign against New Jersey over a decision by its Democratic governor to mail a ballot to every voter in the state for November's elections, as well as hold in-person voting amid the coronavirus

Federal law does not prohibit New Jersey from counting ballots early or setting rules of deciding when a mail - in ballot is timely received, he said. This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Election 2020: Trump campaign ruled against in ballot counting lawsuit .

Around 2 million votes have already been cast in New Jersey, Politico reported.

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Samantha Zager, Trump 2020 deputy national press secretary, said, "Gov. Murphy, who has disingenuously quipped that New Jersey has ‘a higher probability of being hit by lightning than we do uncovering voter fraud,’ better seek shelter — he only has himself and his liberal legislature to blame for the chaos and confusion we’ve already seen ahead of Nov. 3," according to NorthJersey.com.

In the lawsuit, the campaign cited a recent case of alleged election fraud in the state that led to criminal charges for two council candidates in Paterson.

"Even if the purported fraud occurred, however,” Shipp wrote, “it would still be speculative to find that because there was mail-in ballot fraud in past New Jersey elections, fraud will also occur in the November 2020 General Election. Perhaps it will recur. But perhaps not."

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Election experts say while there have been isolated cases of election fraud related to mail-in ballots, there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

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