(PoliticalLookout.com)- President Donald Trump isn’t backing down over election malpractice and potential fraud, announcing that his campaign has sued Arizona’s Maricopa County. The president and his team allege that poll workers incorrectly handled some ballots on election day and disenfranchised thousands of in-person voters.
In a press release published on Saturday, the Trump campaign explained how ballots cast on election day were marked as “overvotes” by counting machine, which mean that the machines discounted the ballots. An “overvote” refers to a ballot that has been marked with more than a single vote for a single candidate, invalidating it. Many of the ballots incorrectly marked as overvotes were canceled instead of being counted by hand.
The lawsuit explains how when machines detect overvotes, poll workers are required to inform the in-person voters of the error they made. Voters should then be allowed to correct the problem.
“Instead, poll workers in Maricopa County pressed, and told voters to press, a green button to override the error,” the campaign team says in the press release. “As a result, the machines disregarded the voter’s choices in the overvoted races. The campaign has collected declarations from voters who witnessed the problem and alleges that the problem occurred on a large scale in Maricopa County.”
If a large number of people were not given an opportunity to properly vote, and if rules were not followed, it could mean that the results in Arizona are inaccurate. This is particularly important now that President Donald Trump has narrowed the gap with Joe Biden down to under 20,000 with many a large number of votes still left to count.
Biden’s Lead in Arizona Falls to 19,000 Votes as Trump Campaign Files Lawsuit 👇👇https://t.co/8i42pCceRu
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 8, 2020
Matt Morgan, general counsel for the Trump campaign, also issued a statement blaming poll workers for not showing voters how to use new voting machines.
“Poll workers struggled to operate the new voting machines in Maricopa County, and improperly pressed and told voters to press a green button to override significant errors,” Morgan wrote. “The result is that the voting machines disregarded votes cast by voters in person on Election Day in Maricopa County.”
There are ~108k ballots left, of which ~45k are provisional. Current statewide margin for Biden is 18,610 and .56%. We expect the margin to continue to tighten as additional ballots are counted. We expect Maricopa this afternoon and others likely, as well. #Election2020 #AZ
— Data Orbital (@Data_Orbital) November 8, 2020
President Donald Trump could still be on track to win Arizona, despite the media calling it early. Phoenix-based data analytics company Data Orbital projected the president would win the state early on, based on outstanding votes.