President Donald Trump's post-election legal strategy has been to file lawsuits everywhere his team believes there are votes to be found or blocked and where Joe Biden is inching ahead – even if their push in one state contradicts what they are seeking in another.
The strategy gives Trump's lawyers multiple avenue for challenges, with vote out in several battleground states that could ultimately hand Joe Biden the presidency – although Democratic officials say it is designed to drive a 'false narrative' to undermine the results.
The claims come even as election observers and media organizations reported a election processes without major incidents.
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi displays a court order granting President Donald Trump's campaign more access to vote counting operations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Trump campaign has filed suits in Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and is seeking a recount in Wisconsin
'All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud,' Trump tweeted Thursday amid the nationwide blitz of court challenges. 'Plenty of proof - just check out the Media. WE WILL WIN! America First!'
Even if the efforts don't prevail, they are already succeeding in slowing down the voting process, and Trump's allies are using them to claim Trump has seized an 'overwhelming victory' among 'verifiable' ballots.
Trump's team of lawyers have filed lawsuits on multiple fronts – to try to stem the flow of presumably pro-Biden mail ballots into the system, and to try to force greater access for observers so they presumably can challenge more individual ballots.
They scored a win Thursday morning, which former Florida Secretary of State Pam Bondi, a Trump backer, brandished at a press conference.
The ruling, by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, reverses a decision by the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. It lets Trumps observers 'be permitted to observe all aspects of the canvassing process, within 6 feet, while adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.'
Trump touted the 'Big legal win in Pennsylvania!' on Twitter.
The big battle, with a greater potential to affect the count, could come in an effort to challenge an earlier Supreme Court decision allowing the state to count mail-in ballots that come in three days after Election Day.
Conservative justices had indicated that it could get another hearing should these ballots that get counted later prove decisive. But a decisive win by Biden with votes that came in before Election Day would undercut the need for the suit – and Biden was chipping away at Trump's lead with hundreds of thousands of ballots outstanding.
Pennsylvania Democrats, mindful of potential challenges and alarmed by reports the Republican-controlled legislature might seek to intervene, have been segregating mail-ballots that come in later to prevent the state's entire result from being thrown out.
Pennsylvania's Attorney General blasted the move on Thursday.
'That question is a question of state law,' he said, noting it was decided by the state supreme court. 'It was decided that those ballots and they will be counted,' he told CNN.
'We're following the law here in Pennsylvania here. We're counting these legal votes,' he said.
Whether or not the challenge over observers will hold water,
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks near Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump during a news conference at Atlantic Aviation PHL private air terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Giuliani is assisting in Trump's legal effort
Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum handles ballot tabulations on November 04, 2020 in Mason, Michigan. As in counties across Michigan, the Ingham County board of canvassers met to begin certifying the county's vote tally for the state. Trump's lawyers sought to stop the count
Temporary employees of the City Commissioner's office wearing protective masks count votes at a convention center for the 2020 Presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Pennsylvania has more than 1 million votes left to count, said its Governor Tom Wolf in a Twitter posting early Wednesday morning
Demonstrators march down Cedar Avenue on November 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Luzerne County employees open mail-in ballots to be counted at the elections board in Wilkes-Barre. Pennsylvania
In Michigan, where Biden's lead has grown to more than 140,000 votes, Trump's team filed a lawsuit to stop the count. That margin has ticked up since election night, when Trump held a lead in a count that began with Election Day in-person votes cast.
The suit claims that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson allowed for the counting of absentee ballots without bipartisan teams of observers that are provided for in state law to ensure the integrity of the count. The suit claims Benson, a Democrat, 'undermined the 'constitutional right of all Michigan voters ... to participate in fair and lawful elections.'
The suit references the massive TCF Center in Detroit where votes are being sorted and tabulated. But media observers from CNN and the Associated Press who were there witnessed the teams of observers during the count, and they could be seen walking among tables where workers and volunteers went through the ballots.
Trump's campaing accuses election officials of barring them from 'meaningful' opportunity to witness the count. After protesters showed up at the TCF Center and banged on windows, officials