Judge Matthew Brann of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, rejected a request that Trump’s team seek to prevent state officials from certifying the results of the presidential election in that state.
Brann added that he did not have the authority “to take the right to vote of even one person, let alone millions of citizens.”
In the 37-page decision, Brann said Trump’s campaign team had asked him to “deprive about 7 million voters of their rights” and that he could not find any case in which a plaintiff “sought such a drastic remedy.” in contesting elections ”.
He stressed that baseless arguments had been brought before the court and that “speculative accusations” had been made.
“In the United States, this cannot justify taking the right to vote for even a single voter, let alone all the voters in the sixth most populous state,” the judge wrote.
The trial opened on November 9, six days after the presidential election. It was alleged that district election officials improperly handled the votes cast by mail. Some districts have announced to their constituents that they can change minor flaws, such as the lack of “confidential envelopes,” and others cannot.
“This claim, like Frankenstein’s monster, was sewn at random,” wrote Brann, a Republican judge appointed by former President Barack Obama.
The appeal sought by Trump’s campaign team, he added, has gone too far.
In a statement, the incumbent president’s team said it would seek to appeal to the Court of Appeal. “We are disappointed that we did not even have the opportunity to present our evidence at a hearing.”
Since election day, Trump’s team has sued election committees in Philadelphia, Allegheny, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton and Center counties. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the Philadelphia trial, and the ruling found that officials did not violate state law by maintaining a distance of at least 5 meters between observers and those who counted votes.
A recount of votes in Georgia was also called for, after the first – hand-made, completed on Thursday and certified on Friday – was not in Trump’s favor. Campaign teams can request automatic recounting if the difference is 0.5%. The certified result showed that Democrat Joe Biden had 49.51% of the vote, and Trump, 49.25%.