Politics Trump, GOP campaigns ask for late mail ballots to be separated in Minnesota
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The campaigns for President Trump and Minnesota GOP state legislature candidates on Wednesday filed a motion for the state's supreme court to order the separation of all mail ballots received after Election Day, the latest in a challenge to the state's extension of its absentee ballot counting deadline.
According to , the campaigns are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to segregate ballots received after Nov. 3, arguing that "it could be impossible for a court to repair the election results tainted by illegally and untimely cast or mailed ballots if the ballots are not segregated."
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"I voted for a guy named Trump," the president said.Trump cast his ballot at the West Palm Beach library near his private Mar-a-Lago club. The president told reporters after leaving the library it was "an honor" to be voting and that he cast a "very secure vote.
This comes as the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a separate case against Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon over the extension of Minnesota's absentee ballot counting deadline by seven days.
On Oct. 11, after State Rep. Eric Lucero (R) and Ramsey County GOP activist James Carson called on U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel, a Trump appointee, to rule that the extension was a violation of federal law, which establishes Nov. 3 as the 2020 election date, according to the .
In Minnesota, ballots traditionally need to be in by 8 p.m. on Election Day. With the extension, ballots postmarked on or before Election Day may still be counted as long as they are received within the seven-day period.
The week in polls: Trump gains in 9 of 12 swing states, but Biden still leads in 10 of them
With just eight days to go to Election Day, both national polls and swing state surveys make it clear the race between Trump and Biden is tightening.President Donald Trump gained on his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in national polling averages, and in nine of 12 contested states. But Biden still holds a sizable lead in the national polls and is still ahead of Trump in 10 of the 12 states that could decide the election.
However, in Wednesday's filing, the Republican campaigns are asking that Simon separate all mail ballots into three separate groups: those received before the deadline of 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, ballots received after the Nov. 3 deadline but before Nov. 10 and mail-in ballots received after Nov. 10.
In Wednesday's filing, attorneys R. Reid LeBeau II and Benjamin Pachito argue that the appeals court challenge may not be resolved by Election Day, thus providing a need to separate ballots received following the deadline should the extension be overruled.
The most recent polling average from has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead of Trump by 4.7 percentage points, and with less than a week away until Election Day, a released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump in the Midwestern state 47 percent to 42 percent, although the poll reported a 4.6 percent margin of error.
Both candidates are aiming to turn key battleground states like Minnesota in their favor in the final days of their campaigns, with Trump set to hold a rally in the state Friday.
In 2016, by just 1.5 percentage points against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Trump gained on Biden in polling average in 9 of 12 swing states since Monday, continuing last week's trend. But of those, he is only ahead in Texas.The deadline for early voting ends Friday in several states where the race is tight, including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Texas – and on Saturday in the key states of Florida and North Carolina. Though early turnout appears to favor Democrats in many states, Republicans are gaining ground quickly in Florida and other early voting states.