President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed more than two dozen lawsuits around the country seeking to undermine the legitimacy of the election. Votebeat Managing Editor Kira Lerner writes on Slate.com about how this strategy makes clear a larger goal of Trump’s:
According to an analysis of his litigation by Votebeat, the counties the Trump campaign and his supporters have targeted with post-election lawsuits have the highest Black or Latino populations in their states, casting suspicion on their votes and implicitly blaming them for the president’s loss.
This is the weekly round-up of Votebeat stories our reporters have written across our network.
First up this week, Michigan.
The Michigan Board of Canvassers certified Michigan’s election results on Monday—but not unanimously—and declared Joe Biden the victor of the state, reports Votebeat’s Madeline Halpert at Bridge Michigan.
While Michigan’s results are now certified, for the state’s Black voters, the harm is already done: President Donald Trump’s unfounded accusations of voter fraud, which primarily targeted the state’s Black communities, has left a scar.
In Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, Votebeat interviewed eight poll workers, who suggested the success of Election Day was far from guaranteed. Volunteers brand new to the job described having to learn important election procedures on the fly. Tom Lisi reports for Votebeat at Spotlight PA.
More than half a million Philadelphians — over two-thirds of the city’s voters in this election — favored a ballot question to replace the city’s Police Advisory Commission, which oversees police conduct in the city, with a new Citizen Police Oversight Commission. For WURD, Votebeat’s Sojourner Ahebee reports on how voters in Philadelphia created a new police oversight agency.
Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature failed to secure an audit of the 2020 presidential election, after a bipartisan panel said an effort to do so would be redundant. Marie Albiges and Cynthia Fernandez report.
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania officially declared Joe Biden as the state’s presidential winner, certifying results for all 67 counties.
CalMatters and Votebeat interviewed 45 of the state’s 58 county registrars and found the statewide vote-by-mail experiment largely succeeded and might be a model for future elections across the country, Lewis Griswold reports.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is seeking to invalidate tens of thousands of ballots that they say, without much substance, were cast illegally. Votebeat’s Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk report for Wisconsin Watch.
Lawmakers in Wisconsin could effectively reverse the will of voters, messing with the state’s 10 electoral votes. The situation is unlikely but still possible, reports Anya van Wagtendonk.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections certified most of the state’s races for the 2020 election on Tuesday, reports Votebeat’s Michael Falero for WFAE. The Board voted 4-to-1 to certify the results with one Republican, Tommy Tucker, saying he did not accept the results.
Less than 1% of mailed absentee ballots in South Carolina were rejected for not having a witness signature, reports Michael Falero. That’s an improvement over the 2016 election.
All of New Jersey’s counties, except for Ocean and Salem, have certified their results. The certification was delayed in these two counties due to COVID-19 cases among election staff, and they have until Nov. 25 to certify, report Votebeat’s Genesis Obando and Colleen O’Dea for NJ Spotlight News.
New Jersey lawmakers are now pushing for in-person early voting by 2021, reports Jeff Pillets. But there’s a problem: county election officials are concerned that it’s not doable before the state’s primary in June.