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Judge Throws Out Trump Campaign Lawsuit Against NJ Mail-in-Ballots

The Trump Campaign and the Republic National Committee (RNC) filed this Lawsuit, in August, after New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy (D) announced that the Garden State will Vote Primarily by Mail-in-Ballots in November, largely due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

All 6.3 Million of the State's Registered Voters will receive a Mail-in-Ballot to Vote with on Nov. 3rd. A Number of Polling Stations will still be Open for Residents who want to Cast their Ballots in Person.

The Trump Campaign claimed that Murphy appropriated Power that belongs to the New Jersey State Legislature when he Overhauled the State's Election Law, alleging he Violated both the Elections Clause and the Electors Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It also accuses Murphy of Violating the 14th Amendment.

U.S. District Judge, Michael Shipp, wrote that the Plaintiffs Claims that Unsolicited Mail-in-Ballots would lead to Rampant Illegal Voting "are largely conjectural, hypothetical, and lacking in imminence," according to his Opinion.

The Judge pointed to how State Election Officials have Implemented several Security Measures, including Bar Codes on each Ballot and Laws making it a Third-Degree Crime to Engage in Voter Fraud. "Any suggestion of these measures' imminent failure is also speculative," wrote Shipp, an Appointee of Former President Barack Obama.

The Trump Campaign pointed to a Case of Voting Fraud that allegedly occurred in a May Special Election in Paterson, New Jersey, in which a Candidate was Accused of Arranging for Ballots to be Stolen from Mailboxes to Win their Local Race. In their Arguments, the President's Campaign also noted that a Postal Service Mail Carrier in New Jersey was Arrested for Allegedly Discarding Mail, including 99 General Election Ballots.

Shipp said these "unfortunate instances" did Not mean Widespread Fraud would be Guaranteed in November. "Perhaps it will recur. But perhaps not," Shipp wrote. "It is difficult - and ultimately speculative - to predict future injury from evidence of past injury."

In a Statement, the RNC National Press Secretary, Mandi Merritt said: "We are disappointed with the ruling and are assessing our options."

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


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