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News from the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and ASDC (Association of State Democratic Chairs), among others, will be shared here.

DNC on America Passing 250,000 COVID-19 Deaths

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States passed 250,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic:

“A quarter of a million Americans have perished because of this pandemic. A quarter of a million lives have been taken by this administration’s inaction, incompetence, and cruelty. That’s one of the reasons the American people decided to elect new leadership to the White House. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will put the health and safety of the American people first. In fact, President-elect Biden has already appointed a COVID-19 task force led by public health experts to tackle this crisis and save lives. With daily cases at an all-time high and millions still out of work, we need bold leadership to stem the tide, coordinate the swift and widespread delivery of a vaccine, revive our economy, and finally end this pandemic once and for all. It’s time for action. It’s time to build back better.”



--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

Dear Friends-


As Trump and his allies continue to try to attack the results of this election and avoid the fact that he’s lost, the DNC War Room continues to help amplify the facts. 

 

In case you missed it, here are some important releases from the DNC War Room today.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2020


**ICYMI**


Yet another report debunks the lies being told by Trump in his desperate attempt to create an alternate reality in which he didn’t lose the election by tens of thousands of votes in swing states, and more than 5 million votes and counting nationwide. State officials, election experts, and Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security agree that the election that ousted Trump “unfolded smoothly across the country and without any widespread irregularities.”

 

Associated Press: States cite smooth election, despite Trump’s baseless claims

By Christina A. Cassidy, Anthony Izaguirre and Julie Carr Smyth

 

The 2020 election unfolded smoothly across the country and without any widespread irregularities, according to state officials and election experts, a stark contrast to the baseless claims of fraud being leveled by President Donald Trump following his defeat.

 

Election experts said the large increase in advance voting — 107 million people voting early in person and by mail — helped take pressure off Election Day operations. There were also no incidents of violence at the polls or voter intimidation.

 

“The 2020 general election was one of the smoothest and most well-run elections that we have ever seen, and that is remarkable considering all the challenges,” said Ben Hovland, a Democrat appointed by Trump to serve on the Election Assistance Commission, which works closely with officials on election administration.

 

Following Democrat Joe Biden’s victory, Trump has sought to discredit the integrity of the election and argued without evidence that the results will be overturned. Republican lawmakers have said the president should be allowed to launch legal challenges, though many of those lawsuits have already been turned away by judges and those that remain do not include evidence of problems that would change the outcome of the race.

 

In Wisconsin, a battleground state where Biden narrowly edged Trump, top election official Meagan Wolfe said there were no problems with the election reported to her office and no complaints filed alleging any irregularities.

 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the same was true in her state, which Biden also won.

 

“Let me be clear — the November elections in Michigan ran as smoothly as ever,” Nessel said, adding that there were no “instances of irregularities in the process of counting the votes, only evidence-free allegations, wild speculation, and conspiracy theories.”

 

[…]

 

The federal agency charged with leading efforts to secure U.S. elections has said there were no significant problems aside from small, ordinary glitches.

 

This year’s presidential election marked a significant step in the use of paper voting records, with more ballots being cast either on paper or with an electronic voting machine that generates a paper backup than in any previous election. The election was also the most transparent. Several election offices offered live webcams to show the ballot-review process and added the ability for voters to track their ballots through the process.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2020

 

Recount Reality Check: Biden’s Margins in Decisive States Far Exceed Recount Changes 

 

President-elect Joe Biden is on track to win states that total more than 300 electoral votes, already has a popular vote margin of more than five million and counting, and has leads of more than 10,000 votes in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. With a legal “strategy” that’s falling flat, the Trump campaign now claims that recounts will change the outcome of this election. Like most of their post-election claims, this is completely without merit. The truth is that recounts almost never actually change the results of an election — especially when candidates have leads as big as President-elect Biden’s — and they barely even change the margins. The Trump campaign is only prolonging the inevitable. President-elect Biden received the most votes and won this election. 

 

It is “exceedingly rare” for recounts to change the outcome of elections and it requires “very narrow margins of victory.”

 
  • FairVote Report: “Recounts which change the outcome of an election are exceedingly rare and require very narrow margins of victory.”

  • Election Law Professor: “History shows that it’s very, very hard to overturn a statewide result that’s above a thousand votes in a recount scenario.”

  • No statewide recount had changed the results of any election in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, or Arizona for at least two decades.

 

Statewide recounts over the past 20 years typically changed the end margins of elections by at most several hundred votes — far lower than the 10,000+ vote lead Biden has right now in critical states.
 

  • On average, statewide recounts have shifted the winning margin by about 430 votes. 

  • A 2004 Georgia judicial recount changed the end margin by only 15 votes.

  • In Pennsylvania, a 2009 judicial recount changed the end margin by only 281 votes.

  • A 2010 Arizona ballot initiative recount changed the end margin by only 66 votes.

  • In Wisconsin, a Supreme Court election recount changed the final margin by only 312 votes.

 

In recent recounts that changed the outcome, the shift in vote margin was fewer than 1,000 votes. 

 
  • In a 2004 Washington gubernatorial race, the two candidates were separated by less than 300 votes, with the recount changing the end margin by about 400 votes. 

  • In a 2008 Minnesota Senate race, the two candidates were separated by less than 300 votes, with the recount changing the end margin by around 500 votes. 

 

The only two presidential recounts in the 21st century barely budged the margins, and neither changed the ultimate result.

 
  • Florida’s infamous 2000 recount only moved the margin by about 1,247 votes, which is 1/10 as large as the smallest Biden battleground state margin. 

  • Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: “After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131. As I said, 20,000 is a high hurdle.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2020

 

**ICYMI**


The New York Times front page says it all: election officials across the country agree there is “no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race.” Trump’s desperate lies won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden won the election by more than five million votes, is on track to secure 306 electoral votes, and will be sworn in as president on January 20.

New York Times: ELECTION OFFICIALS NATIONWIDE FIND NO FRAUD

 

Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.

Over the last several days, the president, members of his administration, congressional Republicans and right wing allies have put forth the false claim that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump and have refused to accept results that showed Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner.

But top election officials across the country said in interviews and statements that the process had been a remarkable success despite record turnout and the complications of a dangerous pandemic.

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Dear DNC Member,


Before I share some updates, I want to start my note today on Veterans Day by thanking all of our veterans, their families, and all those in uniform who protect our freedoms every single day. Thank you for your service to our nation.
 
We wanted to share a few releases from the DNC War Room that you may have missed this week, which you can find below my signature. We encourage you to share this content and information with your networks.
 
In addition, I wanted to remind all DNC members that if you haven't already to please fill out the form for our DNC membership database. At the start of the new DNC term, which began at the end of the National Convention, all DNC Members, whether new or returning, need to update their information, to re-register for our caucuses and councils, as well as to re-opt into sharing information with their other DNC members. This is done each cycle following the National Convention. We are asking all DNC members, if you didn't fill it out after the National Convention, to please fill out the form here by Monday, November 16. 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly or to my office. Thank you so much.
 

Yours,
Jason
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Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2020
**ICYMI**
 
The New York Times front page says it all: election officials across the country agree there is “no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race.” Trump’s desperate lies won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden won the election by more than five million votes, is on track to secure 306 electoral votes, and will be sworn in as president on January 20.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2020

GSA Administrator Continues To Enable Trump’s False Election Claims

Four years ago today, President Obama and Vice President Biden met with Trump and Pence to ensure a peaceful transition of power. Instead of doing the same, Trump’s administrator at the General Services Administration continues to do his bidding and is refusing to authorize President-elect Joe Biden’s transition, which could delay his ability to combat the coronavirus as it surges to new records across the country. 
 
Trump’s GSA administrator is refusing to sign a letter authorizing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition.
Washington Post: “A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.
The GSA administrator has a long history of making controversial decisions to defend Trump, including on the lease of his D.C. hotel.
Washington Post: “But under Trump, two issues of personal importance to the president became almost constant sources of controversy for her: the lease Trump’s company holds with the agency for its D.C. hotel, located in the federally owned Old Post Office Pavilion, and the planned consolidation of the FBI headquarters. Both projects have pressed Murphy into duty defending the president, and her actions elicited criticism from the agency’s watchdog as well as from congressional Democrats.”
The GSA appointed a general counsel from the White House counsel’s office a few days before the election, raising more questions of politicization. 
New York Times’s Maggie Haberman: “A reader points out an overlooked and notable move in the GSA office, appointment of a general counsel who had come from the White House counsel's office a few days before the election https://t.co/F5mLUFYi00?amp=1
Delaying the transition could have consequences on Biden’s plan to combat COVID, which continues to surge to new records across the country.
NBC News: “The head of the General Services Administration has yet to recognize the incoming Biden administration — a delay that could have consequences for the president-elect's plan to move swiftly on the coronavirus.”

NBC News’s Monica Alba: “The U.S. reported 133,819 COVID cases Monday, setting a record high for daily infections, per @NBCNews. It’s the first time cases have crossed 130K in one day & the 6th day in a row the U.S. has seen more than 100K in a day. It’s the 9th daily record set nationwide since 10/22.”

CNN: “10 million people have been infected with coronavirus in the US -- and the rates keep rising in 43 states”
Four years ago today, President Obama and Vice President Biden met with Trump and Pence to ensure a peaceful transition of power.
Michael Beschloss: “Four years ago today, President Obama welcomed his successor to the Oval Office” 


CNN’s Jim Sciutto: “Four years ago today then-VP Biden met with VP-Elect Pence to ensure a ‘seamless transfer of power’.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2020

NEW POLL: Vast Majority Of Americans Recognize Biden Won The Election

More than half of America’s votes were for Vice President Biden and now nearly 80 percent recognize him as the duly elected president, despite Trump’s refusal to concede and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.

An overwhelming majority of Americans, including half of Republicans, recognize President-Elect Biden as the winner of the election.
Reuters: “Nearly 80% of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, recognize President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the Nov. 3 election after most media organizations called the race for the Democrat based on his leads in critical battleground states, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.”
A vast majority of Americans trust their local election officials, not Trump’s lies, and think that the loser — Trump — must concede defeat.
Reuters: “It showed that 70% of Americans, including 83% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans, trust their local election officials to ‘do their job honestly.’”

Reuters: “The poll also found that 72% think the loser of the election must concede defeat, and 60% think there will be a peaceful transition of power when Trump’s term ends in January.”


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. The Biden Coalition Creates Record Turnout

2. Trump Undermines Peaceful Transfer of Power and Efforts to Contain COVID-19

3. Trump’s Legal ‘Strategy’ Is a Failure


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. The Biden Coalition Creates Record Turnout

  • With over 77 million votes, President-elect Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history.

    • Biden beat Trump by 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes.

    • Biden’s margin over Trump is bigger than the population of 27 states.


  • Biden rebuilt the “blue wall” and won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

    • Biden won Michigan by 148,000 votes, more than 10x Trump’s margin in 2016.

    • Biden received 225,000 more votes in Wisconsin than Trump in 2016.

    • Biden won the Philadelphia suburbs by 50% more than Democrats in 2016.


  • Biden is going to flip Arizona and Georgia for the first time in decades.

    • Latinos in Arizona reported the highest vote share for Biden of any state. The Latino vote in Arizona was over 75% for Biden.


  • Biden successfully built the Biden coalition — African American and Latino voters, suburban women, and independents.

    • Biden won 91% of the vote in majority-African American precincts in Milwaukee and Racine, WI, and Minneapolis, MN.

    • We saw record turnout among Latino voters across the country. Latino voters helped Democrats flip Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado.


2. Trump Undermines Peaceful Transfer of Power and Efforts to Contain COVID-19

  • Trump refuses to concede and his appointee is delaying the start of the transition.

    • The 9/11 Commission previously found that a delayed transition could harm national security.


  • This could undermine Biden’s ability to combat the coronavirus as it surges to new records across the country.

    • A record 61,000 hospitalizations and 139,000 infections were reported yesterday, the seventh day in a row that more than 100,000 new cases were reported.

    • Americans have now suffered 10.2 million infections and nearly 240,000 deaths — with 1 million new confirmed cases in the last 10 days alone.

    • Infections are rising in 44 states, and 17 states reported record-high hospitalizations.


3. Trump’s Legal ‘Strategy’ Is a Failure

  • This was not a close election: President-elect Biden won by 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes. Baseless lawsuits and recounts won’t change that.

    • Biden is winning the states that put him over 270 electoral votes by tens of thousands of votes. Since 2000, statewide recounts have only changed vote totals by an average of 430 votes — nowhere near enough to reverse the outcome of this election.


  • Trump vowed to challenge the election results even before the election happened — now his legal strategy is failing because there is no evidence for his baseless claims.

    • Before Election Day, six Trump lawsuits were dismissed. Since Election Day, seven Trump lawsuits have been dismissed in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

    • An extensive review of every state by the New York Times found “No Evidence of Voter Fraud.”

    • Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security is contradicting his false claims.


  • Trump’s lawsuits aren’t serious — they are an attempt to distract and delay the inevitable.

    • Because they can’t win in court, Trump’s allies have resorted to desperate press conferences where they refuse to identify themselves and feature a convicted sex offender outside a landscaping business.

    • Americans see through Trump’s lies: nearly 80%, including more than half of Republicans, recognize President-elect Biden as the winner of the election.


--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2020
**ICYMI**
The New York Times front page says it all: election officials across the country agree there is “no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race.” Trump’s desperate lies won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden won the election by more than five million votes, is on track to secure 306 electoral votes, and will be sworn in as president on January 20.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2020

Recount Reality Check: Biden’s Margins in Decisive States Far Exceed Recount Changes 

President-elect Joe Biden is on track to win states that total more than 300 electoral votes, already has a popular vote margin of more than five million and counting, and has leads of more than 10,000 votes in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. With a legal “strategy” that’s falling flat, the Trump campaign now claims that recounts will change the outcome of this election. Like most of their post-election claims, this is completely without merit. The truth is that recounts almost never actually change the results of an election — especially when candidates have leads as big as President-elect Biden’s — and they barely even change the margins. The Trump campaign is only prolonging the inevitable. President-elect Biden received the most votes and won this election. 

It is “exceedingly rare” for recounts to change the outcome of elections and it requires “very narrow margins of victory.”
  • FairVote Report: “Recounts which change the outcome of an election are exceedingly rare and require very narrow margins of victory.”
  • Election Law Professor: “History shows that it’s very, very hard to overturn a statewide result that’s above a thousand votes in a recount scenario.”
  • No statewide recount had changed the results of any election in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, or Arizona for at least two decades.
Statewide recounts over the past 20 years typically changed the end margins of elections by at most several hundred votes — far lower than the 10,000+ vote lead Biden has right now in critical states.
  • On average, statewide recounts have shifted the winning margin by about 430 votes. 
  • A 2004 Georgia judicial recount changed the end margin by only 15 votes.
  • In Pennsylvania, a 2009 judicial recount changed the end margin by only 281 votes.
  • A 2010 Arizona ballot initiative recount changed the end margin by only 66 votes.
  • In Wisconsin, a Supreme Court election recount changed the final margin by only 312 votes.
In recent recounts that changed the outcome, the shift in vote margin was fewer than 1,000 votes. 
  • In a 2004 Washington gubernatorial race, the two candidates were separated by less than 300 votes, with the recount changing the end margin by about 400 votes
  • In a 2008 Minnesota Senate race, the two candidates were separated by less than 300 votes, with the recount changing the end margin by around 500 votes
The only two presidential recounts in the 21st century barely budged the margins, and neither changed the ultimate result.
  • Florida’s infamous 2000 recount only moved the margin by about 1,247 votes, which is 1/10 as large as the smallest Biden battleground state margin. 
  • Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: “After recount in 2011 race for WI Supreme Court, there was a swing of 300 votes. After recount in 2016 Presidential race in WI, @realDonaldTrump numbers went up by 131. As I said, 20,000 is a high hurdle.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2020
**ICYMI**
“Even in an election year where standards of fair play seem to plummet with each passing day, Monday’s attack by Georgia’s U.S. senators marked a new low… Reckless barely begins to touch on what Perdue and Loeffler have done. Without presenting reasons, they have assaulted Georgia’s election system.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ga. doesn’t need baseless accusations
By Editorial Board
November 10, 2020

Even in an election year where standards of fair play seem to plummet with each passing day, Monday’s attack by Georgia’s U.S. senators marked a new low.

Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign, alleging that he had “failed the people of Georgia” and “failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.”

Those are shocking charges for this pair to level at the person – and the office – responsible for overseeing elections here. They’re even more stunning, given that Perdue and Loeffler fired their broadside against a fellow Republican – not that party affiliation should count when the integrity of a core democratic institution is under attack.

How have Raffensperger & Co. somehow “failed” at honesty or transparency?

Good question.

Perdue and Loeffler offered no specifics, at least not for the record. And that is what should make their campaign-speak attack message so unacceptable to fair-minded Georgians.

Specific, actionable allegations based even somewhat loosely in facts can be assessed and investigated. Which is appropriate.

Hyperbole and sly accusations cannot.

Reckless barely begins to touch on what Perdue and Loeffler have done. Without presenting reasons, they have assaulted Georgia’s election system. That is dangerous behavior in this tense moment, both for this state and for the nation that is watching this risky sideshow.

[...]

Since then, state and local election officials appear to have fixed the most-serious deficiencies. From all appearances, the November election – and its record turnout – appears to have proceeded far more smoothly and competently. And no verified instances of widespread fraud have surfaced so far.

Today’s incessant partisan fighting has weakened our democracy’s systems and fed a now-rampant and corrosive distrust of government – and of each other. The latest low blows further erode the constitutional foundations of self-governance.

It’s frightening for freedom to envision a Georgia or America in which such stunts are quickly absorbed by many as near-gospel truth.

Meek acceptance of charges without facts should be unacceptable for a country of proudly stubborn, liberty-loving people, many of whom have fought or even died for freedoms that include the right to make up our own minds in choosing our elected officials.

Loeffler and Perdue are far from alone in this season of rock-throwing at American civic norms and common decency. Their attack seems directly crafted to appeal to core supporters of President Donald Trump who has, so far, refused to acknowledge the reported results of this month’s election. And too many other political leaders, in Georgia and elsewhere, have joined in this wrongheaded campaign to cast accusations against election results they dislike.

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DMO "Oh So Blue" Celebration

Monday, November 16th | 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Remo Virtual Reception Hour

Celebrate a Democratic Victory with DMO


The DMO "Oh So Blue" event is legendary. We come together twice a year to celebrate the work of you, our Democratic municipal officials, and hear from the best minds and hearts of the Democratic Party. DMO has featured Cabinet Members, Senators, Members of Congress, and even future Presidents at our podium, and this year we hope to see you as well.

This November’s "Oh So Blue" Celebration comes as a virtual version of our traditional national breakfast meeting, held during the National League of Cities. While we regret not being able to see you in person, you can expect the same phenomenal guest speakers, awards, and opportunity to connect with your friends in elected office. All this from the comfort of your home, and you won’t need to wake up early to save a seat!

Our Celebration this November is a fully interactive event. Hop from table to table, meeting with other local elected Democrats from your state and across the nation.

Remo allows attendees to virtually join a "table" and work the room. 



"Oh So Blue" Celebration

Monday, November 16th           Time: 6:00 PM ET – 7:00 PM ET

Location - Remo Interactive Reception Room

Come WORK THE ROOM! Mix and mingle with Democratic Municipal Officials at our "Oh So Blue" Celebration. Join us for a unique and fun online event where you are in control of who you spend time with – just like at a live event. Hop from “table” to “table”, arrange one-on-one conversations, and visit with friends old and new. We will have VIP guests mingling – not “speaking at you” but conversing with you.

Register for the "Oh So Blue" Celebration


DMO Virtual Booth at National League of Cities

Tuesday, November 17th - Friday, November 20th

Location - City Summit Virtual Exhibit Hall

Visit DMO in the National League of Cities' virtual exhibit hall. Chat with our Board, participate in group discussions, and pick up some digital swag! 

Join DMO in the Virtual Exhibit Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2020
**ICYMI**
A new report confirms this election was fair, free, and secure. Trump and his Republican sycophants have no evidence for their claims — even other Republicans admit they are inventing conspiracy theories. Trump can’t hide from the truth: Joe Biden won the election and will be the 46th president of the United States.
By Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein and Jim Rutenberg

Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.

Over the last several days, the president, members of his administration, congressional Republicans and right wing allies have put forth the false claim that the election was stolen from President Trump and have refused to accept results that showed Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner.

But top election officials across the country said in interviews and statements that the process had been a remarkable success despite record turnout and the complications of a dangerous pandemic.

“There’s a great human capacity for inventing things that aren’t true about elections,” said Frank LaRose, a Republican who serves as Ohio’s secretary of state. “The conspiracy theories and rumors and all those things run rampant. For some reason, elections breed that type of mythology.”

Steve Simon, a Democrat who is Minnesota’s secretary of state, said: “I don’t know of a single case where someone argued that a vote counted when it shouldn’t have or didn’t count when it should. There was no fraud.”

“Kansas did not experience any widespread, systematic issues with voter fraud, intimidation, irregularities or voting problems,” a spokeswoman for Scott Schwab, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas, said in an email Tuesday. “We are very pleased with how the election has gone up to this point.”

The New York Times contacted the offices of the top election officials in every state on Monday and Tuesday to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting. Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. For four of the remaining states, The Times spoke to other statewide officials or found public comments from secretaries of state; none reported any major voting issues.

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One of the Secretaries of State who did not respond to requests for comment about the election in his state was Corey Stapleton of Montana, an outgoing Republican. But Mr. Stapleton did post a message implicitly addressing the president’s ongoing fraud claims. “I have supported you, Mr. President,” he wrote. “But that time is now over! Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate @JoeBiden.”

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Dear Friends-

Yesterday President-elect Biden
 announced his coronavirus task forceHe did so as a record 133,000 new infections were reported, and for the sixth day in a row more than 100,000 cases were reported. Americans have now suffered 10 million infections and nearly 240,000 deaths. Infections are rising in 43 statesand 19 states reported record-high hospitalizations this weekend. 

 

Which is why these continued delays around the transition process by the Trump Administration are so costly to American lives.  As if we haven’t lost enough.

 

Juxtapose that to four years ago today, when President Obama and Vice President Biden met with Trump and Pence to ensure a peaceful transition of power. 

 

Michael Beschloss: “Four years ago today, President Obama welcomed his successor to the Oval Office” 

 

                       

 

CNN’s Jim Sciutto“Four years ago today then-VP Biden met with VP-Elect Pence to ensure a ‘seamless transfer of power’.”

 

                       

  

Meanwhile:

  • Trump’s administrator at the General Services Administration (GSA) is refusing to authorize President-elect Biden’s transition.
     

NBC News“The head of the General Services Administration has yet to recognize the incoming Biden administration — a delay that could have consequences for the president-elect's plan to move swiftly on the coronavirus.”

 

  • Trump’s GSA administrator has a long history of making controversial decisions to defend Trump, including on the lease of his D.C. hotel.

 

  • This could undermine Vice President Biden’s ability to combat the coronavirus as it surges to new records across the country.
     

NBC News’s Monica Alba“The U.S. reported 133,819 COVID cases Monday, setting a record high for daily infections, per @NBCNews. It’s the first time cases have crossed 130K in one day & the 6th day in a row the U.S. has seen more than 100K in a day. It’s the 9th daily record set nationwide since 10/22.”
 

Despite the frivolous tactics by the Trump Administration, we remain focused on moving forward.  And while the delay prevents the Vice President's transition team from meeting with the White House coronavirus task force and government health experts, we have a leadership team that’s persisting.  Because with over 76 million votes, President-elect Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history and he is building an operation that will be ready to deliver for the American people.
 

Please see below some updates on:

  • Counting Every Vote and Defeating Trump

  • The Biden Coalition Record Turnout

  • Transition

  • Georgia Senate Run-Off Help

 

Yours In the Fight,

Muthoni


Counting Every Vote and Defeating Trump

In an interview with NPR this morning, DNC Chair Tom Perez discussed this historic election and defeating Trumpism. “our goals are to defeat Trump and to defeat Trumpism. Defeating Trump required 270 electoral votes or more, and we succeeded in that. Defeating Trumpism is a longer-term challenge because Trumpism predates Trump. And I can think of no better person to lead that challenge than the president-elect. He is a uniter.”


Trump’s Legal ‘Strategy’ Is a Total Fraud

The Republican noise and the actions of their top Administration officials to delegitimize the election results is designed to shake American faith in voting. We need you to remain consistent counter messengers and remind our communities of the facts:

 
  • This was not a close election: President-elect Biden won by nearly 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes.

    • Trump vowed to file baseless claims even before the election happened.

    • Trump lost in 2020 by a bigger margin in swing states than he won in 2016.


  • The Trump campaign’s legal strategy is failing because there is no evidence to back up their baseless claims

    • Trump’s lawsuits have been rejected in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada.

    • Legal experts agree Trump’s latest suit in Pennsylvania has little chance of succeeding and offers little evidence to back its claims.
       

  • Trump’s lawsuits aren’t serious — they are an attempt to distract and delay the inevitable.

The Biden Coalition Creates Record Turnout

  • With over 76 million votesPresident-elect Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history.

    • Biden beat Trump by nearly 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes.

    • Biden’s margin over Trump is bigger than the population of 26 states.


  • Biden rebuilt the “blue wall” and won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

    • Biden won Michigan by 147,000 votes, more than 10x Trump’s margin in 2016.

    • Biden received 225,000 more votes in Wisconsin than Trump in 2016.

    • Biden won the Philadelphia suburbs by 50% more than Democrats in 2016.
       

  • Biden is going to flip Arizona and Georgia for the first time in decades.

    • Latinos in Arizona reported the highest vote share for Biden of any state. The Latino vote in Arizona was over 75% for Biden.


  • Biden successfully built the Biden coalition — African American and Latino voters, suburban women, and independents.

    • Biden won 91% of the vote in majority-African American precincts in Milwaukee and Racine, WI, and Minneapolis, MN.

    • In Wayne County (Detroit), Biden overperformed 2016.

    • We saw record turnout among Latino voters across the country. Latino voters helped Democrats flip Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado.


Biden-Harris Transition

The transition is responsible for ensuring that the transfer of power between the current administration and the Biden-Harris administration is successful. Led by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, co-chairs, a diverse advisory board, and respected leaders and staff from across sectors, the transition team is preparing to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris meet the urgent challenges facing our nation on Day One.

 

As publicly announced today the Biden-Harris transition team posted the names of roughly 500 people who will work with the different government agencies.

 

Go here to see more information or to sign up for Biden-Harris Transition updates.

 

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**ICYMI**

 

A new report confirms this election was fair, free, and secure. Trump and his Republican sycophants have no evidence for their claims — even other Republicans admit they are inventing conspiracy theories. Trump can’t hide from the truth: Joe Biden won the election and will be the 46th president of the United States.


New York Times: The Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

By Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein and Jim Rutenberg

 

Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.

 

Over the last several days, the president, members of his administration, congressional Republicans and right wing allies have put forth the false claim that the election was stolen from President Trump and have refused to accept results that showed Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner.

 

But top election officials across the country said in interviews and statements that the process had been a remarkable success despite record turnout and the complications of a dangerous pandemic.

 

“There’s a great human capacity for inventing things that aren’t true about elections,” said Frank LaRose, a Republican who serves as Ohio’s secretary of state. “The conspiracy theories and rumors and all those things run rampant. For some reason, elections breed that type of mythology.”

 

Steve Simon, a Democrat who is Minnesota’s secretary of state, said: “I don’t know of a single case where someone argued that a vote counted when it shouldn’t have or didn’t count when it should. There was no fraud.”

 

“Kansas did not experience any widespread, systematic issues with voter fraud, intimidation, irregularities or voting problems,” a spokeswoman for Scott Schwab, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas, said in an email Tuesday. “We are very pleased with how the election has gone up to this point.”

 

The New York Times contacted the offices of the top election officials in every state on Monday and Tuesday to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting. Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times. For four of the remaining states, The Times spoke to other statewide officials or found public comments from secretaries of state; none reported any major voting issues.

 

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One of the Secretaries of State who did not respond to requests for comment about the election in his state was Corey Stapleton of Montana, an outgoing Republican. But Mr. Stapleton did post a message implicitly addressing the president’s ongoing fraud claims. “I have supported you, Mr. President,” he wrote. “But that time is now over! Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate @JoeBiden.”

 

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Hello Democrats,  

Congratulations to our many states with Democratic victories, and to all of us for the outcome of this historic election! Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won more votes than any other ticket in American history. We rebuilt the blue wall in the Midwest and flipped formerly red states like Georgia and Arizona. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and first person of color to be elected vice president of the United States. Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, and candidates who helped to make these victories possible. 

Our hard work over the past four years has paid off. Take a moment to celebrate the wins, and look toward the future. We will soon compete in two runoff elections that will determine the balance of the Senate. We still have races to win, and infrastructure to build. See below for information on how you can help in these important Georgia Senate runoff races. Let us continue in this fight to build back better, together.  

Onward,  

Cheyenne and Bhavana
Best Practices Institute Team


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November Activist Challenge
Our monthly Activist Challenge is designed to build infrastructure for Democratic campaigns and organizations through grassroots engagement. Are you ready to accept the challenge, and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot?!

While Election Day has passed, we still have key races that need your support. Keep the momentum going by completing a virtual volunteer shift to help with the Georgia Senate runoff elections, happening on January 5, 2021:

  • CLICK HERE to sign up for a virtual volunteer event to help elect Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia and flip the U.S. Senate blue!
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Friends, 

President-elect Biden (it feels so good to say that) started this week by announcing his coronavirus task force. He did so as a record 133,000 new infections were reported, and for the sixth day in a row more than 100,000 cases were reported. Americans have now suffered 10 million infections and over 240,000 deaths. Infections are rising in 43 states, and 19 states reported record-high hospitalizations this weekend. 

Which is why these continued delays around the transition process by the Trump Administration are so costly to American lives. As if we haven’t lost enough. Juxtapose that to four years ago, when President Obama and Vice President Biden met with Trump and Pence to ensure a peaceful transition of power. 

CNN’s Jim Sciutto: “Four years ago today then-VP Biden met with VP-Elect Pence to ensure a ‘seamless transfer of power’” // Michael Beschloss: “Four years ago today, President Obama welcomed his successor to the Oval Office”

Despite the frivolous tactics by the Trump Administration, we remain focused on moving forward.  And while the delay prevents the Vice President's transition team from meeting with the White House coronavirus task force and government health experts, we have a leadership team that’s persisting. Because with over 76 million votes, President-elect Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history and he is building an operation that will be ready to deliver for the American people.

Please see below some updates on:

  • Counting Every Vote and Defeating Trump
  • The Biden Coalition Record Turnout
  • Transition
  • Georgia Senate Run-Off Help

Counting Every Vote and Defeating Trump

In an interview with NPR this week, DNC Chair Tom Perez discussed this historic election and defeating Trumpism. “our goals are to defeat Trump and to defeat Trumpism. Defeating Trump required 270 electoral votes or more, and we succeeded in that. Defeating Trumpism is a longer-term challenge because Trumpism predates Trump. And I can think of no better person to lead that challenge than the president-elect. He is a uniter.”


Trump’s Legal ‘Strategy’ Is a Total Fraud

The Republican noise and the actions of their top Administration officials to delegitimize the election results is designed to shake American faith in voting. We need you to remain consistent counter messengers and remind our communities of the facts:

  • This was not a close election: President-elect Biden won by nearly 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes.
    • Trump vowed to file baseless claims even before the election happened.
    • Trump lost in 2020 by a bigger margin in swing states than he won in 2016.
  • The Trump campaign’s legal strategy is failing because there is no evidence to back up their baseless claims
    • Trump’s lawsuits have been rejected in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada.
    • Legal experts agree Trump’s latest suit in Pennsylvania has little chance of succeeding and offers little evidence to back its claims.
  • Trump’s lawsuits aren’t serious — they are an attempt to distract and delay the inevitable.
The Biden Coalition Creates Record Turnout
  • With over 76 million votes, President-elect Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history.
    • Biden beat Trump by nearly 5 million votes and counting, and is on track to win 306 electoral votes.
    • Biden’s margin over Trump is bigger than the population of 26 states.
  • Biden rebuilt the “blue wall” and won Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
    • Biden won Michigan by 147,000 votes, more than 10x Trump’s margin in 2016.
    • Biden received 225,000 more votes in Wisconsin than Trump in 2016.
    • Biden won the Philadelphia suburbs by 50% more than Democrats in 2016.
  • Biden is going to flip Arizona and Georgia for the first time in decades.
    • Latinos in Arizona reported the highest vote share for Biden of any state. The Latino vote in Arizona was over 75% for Biden.
  • Biden successfully built the Biden coalition — African American and Latino voters, suburban women, and independents.
    • Biden won 91% of the vote in majority-African American precincts in Milwaukee and Racine, WI, and Minneapolis, MN.
    • In Wayne County (Detroit), Biden overperformed 2016.
    • We saw record turnout among Latino voters across the country. Latino voters helped Democrats flip Senate seats in Arizona and Colorado.

Biden-Harris Transition

The transition is responsible for ensuring that the transfer of power between the current administration and the Biden-Harris administration is successful. Led by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, co-chairs, a diverse advisory board, and respected leaders and staff from across sectors, the transition team is preparing to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris meet the urgent challenges facing our nation on Day One.

As publicly announced this week the Biden-Harris transition team posted the names of roughly 500 people who will work with the different government agencies.

You can see more information or to sign up for Biden-Harris Transition updates here.


Georgia Senate Run Off Help

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Thank you for all you do and all you continue to do to better our nation. 

 

In Solidarity, 

Taylor Barnes
Deputy National Political & Organizing Director
Democratic National Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2020

Trump’s Legal ‘Strategy’ Is Falling Flat

President-elect Joe Biden won the election by nearly five million votes and counting, and is on track to secure 306 electoral votes—it is not a close election. Trump, who vowed to file baseless claims even before the election happened, can't accept defeat, even though he has lost key battleground states in 2020 by a bigger margin than he won by in 2016.

Now, the Trump campaign’s legal strategy is falling flat because there is no evidence to back up their baseless claims. They’ve failed from the get go and repeatedly embarrassed themselves with their complete incompetence. Trump says he’s winning and will continue to fight in court, but he’ll have better luck trying at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Trump has failed in court and has yet to present anything close to evidence that supports his baseless claims of fraud — because there isn’t any.
NPR: “Trump Election Lawsuits Have Mostly Failed. Here's What They Tried”

NPR: “The problem is, Trump's campaign has spent much of the past week in court with little success, and without presenting anything close to evidence that points to a fraudulent result.”
From the get go, Trump was met with immediate defeats in court because his campaign offered no evidence.
Washington Post: “President Trump and his allies pressed their claims Thursday that election officials have allowed ballot fraud to infect the counting process in the battleground states poised to decide the presidency, but they offered no evidence of irregularities and met with two immediate defeats in court.”

TIME: “Judges have already tossed out or ruled against Trump campaign suits in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan.”
Even some Fox News anchors won’t cover the Trump campaign’s baseless lies and cut away from Kayleigh McEnany’s briefing.
Washington Post’s Ashley Parker: “Fox News just cut away from @PressSec, saying the network could not in good conscience continue to air her false claims, for which she has provided no supporting evidence.”

HuffPost: “Apparently unaware that she was still live on air, Fox News host Sandra Smith on Monday flashed an incredible look of disdain and expressed astonishment over a Republican lawyer’s suggestion of election fraud on Monday. ‘What? What is happening?’ the co-anchor of ‘America’s Newsroom’ asked as she narrowed her eyes, frowned and shook her head. ‘Trace, we’ve called it,’ she told colleague Trace Gallagher, referring to the presidential election.”
There is growing discomfort at law firms representing Trump because he is undermining our democracy and lacks evidence to support his claims.
New York Times: “Growing Discomfort at Law Firms Representing Trump in Election Lawsuits”

New York Times: “Some senior lawyers at Jones Day, one of the country’s largest law firms, are worried that it is advancing arguments that lack evidence and may be helping Mr. Trump and his allies undermine the integrity of American elections, according to interviews with nine partners and associates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their jobs.”
PENNSYLVANIA: 

Rudy Giuliani held his now infamous press conference outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping, which featured a convicted sex offender.
Philadelphia Inquirer: “Trump announced: ‘Lawyers News Conference Four Seasons, Philadelphia, 11 a.m.,’ only to delete his post minutes later and replace it with one changing the venue from the upscale Center City hotel to a similarly named business: Four Seasons Total Landscaping on industrial State Road, next to Fantasy Island Adult Books and Novelties and across the street from the Delaware Valley Cremation Center.”

Politico: “Man featured at Giuliani press conference is a convicted sex offender”
Trump’s suit accusing officials of running a “two-tiered” voting system is unlikely to succeed and offers little evidence to back its claims.
USA Today: “Legal experts said the case has little chance of succeeding, for a variety of reasons: Courts are wary of invalidating legally cast ballots. The issues raised, even if true, don't represent a constitutional question. And mail voting, used in many states, is both common and constitutional.”

USA Today: “But as with other lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and its allies, the federal complaint offered little evidence to back its claims.”
The Trump campaign dropped its request to halt vote counting after they were forced to admit in court that observers had not actually been barred.
New York Times: “On Thursday morning, a Pennsylvania state court handed Mr. Trump a minor victory. A judge ruled that election observers from the Trump campaign, who were allowed to stand 10 feet from the vote counting at the Philadelphia convention center, could move closer, to six feet. By the end of the day, however, lawyers for the Trump campaign had filed an emergency petition in federal court claiming that election officials in the city were not abiding by the state court’s decision and asking that the count in Philadelphia be delayed. At a hastily scheduled hearing Thursday night, however, Mr. Trump’s campaign admitted that ‘a nonzero number’ of Republican observers had in fact turned up. ‘Then what’s the problem?’ Judge Paul S. Diamond asked. The Trump campaign ultimately agreed to drop its request to halt the vote count after Judge Diamond, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, allowed for a total of 120 observers at the convention center — 60 for the Democrats and 60 for the Republicans. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the question of the observers.”
The Trump campaign sought a Supreme Court order to sequester ballots received after polls closed, a practice that had already been in place.
Reuters: “Trump’s campaign on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a decision from the state’s highest court that allowed election officials to count mail-in ballots postmarked by Tuesday’s Election Day that were delivered through Friday. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Friday night ordered county election boards in the state to separate mail-in ballots received after 8 p.m. EST on Election Day. Pennsylvania election officials have said those ballots were already being separated.”
Even if Trump were to succeed at the Supreme Court it would have little impact as Biden’s lead is based on votes cast by Election Day.
New York Times: “But this fight may prove fruitless, as Mr. Biden’s lead in the state is based on ballots cast by Election Day and is expected to grow.”
A federal judge rejected Republican efforts to toss cured ballots.
Politico: “A federal judge gave a skeptical reception Wednesday to a Republican lawsuit seeking to throw out votes in a Pennsylvania county that contacted some voters to give them an opportunity to fix — or ‘cure’ — problems with their absentee ballots. During a morning hearing in Philadelphia, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Savage said he was dubious of arguments from a lawyer for GOP congressional candidate Kathy Barnette, who argued that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had concluded that the law prohibits counties from allowing voters who erred in completing or packaging their mail-in ballots to correct those mistakes. ‘I’m not sure about that,’ said Savage, an appointee of President George W. Bush. ‘Is that exactly what was said or is what was said was that there is no mandatory requirement that the election board do that?....Wasn’t the legislative intent of the statute we are talking about to franchise, not disenfranchise, voters?’”
MICHIGAN:

A Trump lawsuit alleging a lack of meaningful access in vote counting was dismissed due to a lack of evidence and the vote count having been completed.
CNN: “A state court judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Trump campaign that asked for an immediate halt to the vote counting until its representatives had ‘meaningful’ access to ballot counting and adjudication. Judge Cynthia Stephens was highly skeptical throughout a virtual hearing on Thursday about the lack of admissible evidence in the case and whether the campaign had sued the right party (Secretary of State Benson). ‘What I have is, at best, a hearsay affidavit that addresses a harm that would be significant,’ said Judge Cynthia Stephens. ‘We’ve got an affidavit that is not first-hand knowledge.’ The lawyer representing the state, Heather Meingast, said the case was essentially moot because the counting had already concluded. ‘The ship has really sailed on the relief that they’re requesting in this case.’” 
The Trump campaign tried to appeal the court’s ruling but embarrassingly failed to provide the necessary documents.
Detroit Free Press: “Trump team tries to appeal Michigan ruling, fails to provide necessary documents”

Detroit Free Press: “The Trump campaign legal team is trying to appeal a Michigan court ruling on an elections lawsuit from last week, but it botched its initial attempt at a filing. Attorneys will need to provide a few more documents if they want the Michigan Court of Appeals to actually hear the case.”
ARIZONA:

Bipartisan election officials disputed the Trump campaign’s claims alleging misconduct at Maricopa County polling sites resulting in rejected ballots.
Reuters: “The Trump campaign lent support to protests questioning the current vote tally, filing a lawsuit in Arizona Saturday over rejected ballots that Arizona’s Secretary of State said was ‘grasping at straws.’ Trump’s campaign alleged the Southwestern state’s most populous county incorrectly rejected votes cast on Election Day by some voters in the U.S. presidential race. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Maricopa County, said poll workers told some voters to press a button after a machine had detected an ‘overvote.’” 
The Trump campaign’s lawsuit would have no effect on the results of the election as it impacts fewer than 200 ballots.
Arizona Republic: “Republican officials behind a lawsuit alleging poll workers ‘incorrectly rejected’ votes cast in person on Election Day will make their case in front of a Maricopa County Superior Court judge later this week... But it appears unlikely the case would affect the outcome of the presidential vote. A lawyer for the county said fewer than 200 ballots are at issue.”
NEVADA: 

The Trump campaign held a Nevada press conference where Ric Grenell awkwardly refused to identify himself or answer questions.
The Independent: “During a Trump campaign press conference in Nevada on Thursday, former acting Director of US National Intelligence Richard Grenell - who refused to identify himself to reporters - accused the state of covering up incidents of voter fraud in order to help the election prospects of Democratic challenger Joe Biden. These claims were made without evidence, and Mr Grenell refused to answer questions from journalists who demanded he prove his assertions.”
Courts rejected the Trump campaign’s lawsuit over Clark County’s signature verification system due to a lack of evidence.
New York Times: “Mr. Trump’s campaign filed suit before Election Day seeking to stop the processing of mail-in ballots in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The campaign alleged that county officials were failing to give Republican observers adequate access to monitor mail-in ballot processing and that the county’s signature matching system violated election equal protection laws because it was not being used elsewhere in the state. A judge denied the Trump campaign’s request earlier this week, citing a lack of evidence. An appellate court rejected Republicans’ request that it order an immediate stop to counting but agreed to hear arguments into next week.”
The Nevada attorney general said the Trump campaign’s lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the state was “garbage” and “pure speculation.”
CBS News: “Nevada's attorney general said officials in the state have not seen evidence of voter fraud while dismissing the Trump campaign's attempt to file a federal lawsuit to force officials to stop counting what the White House claims are ‘improper votes.’ ‘This six-page complaint they filed late last night is, in a word: garbage,’ Attorney General Aaron Ford said on ‘CBS This Morning’ Friday. ‘It just goes to show the last-ditch efforts these guys are going to go to to try and derail this election to their benefit’... He called the list ‘pure speculation,’ and said neither the ‘Republican secretary of state’ nor ‘17 county registrars’ have reported any evidence of widespread fraud.”
GEORGIA:

A Trump campaign lawsuit over absentee ballots being received and counted post-deadline was rejected due to a lack of evidence.
Associated Press: “In Georgia, a state judge dismissed a case over concerns about 53 absentee ballots in Chatham County after elections officials in the Savannah-area county testified that all of those ballots had been received on time. Campaign officials said earlier they were considering similar challenges in a dozen other counties around the state.” 
WISCONSIN:

The Trump campaign vowed to request a recount in Wisconsin even though President-elect Biden leads by 20,000 votes.
New York Times: “President Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien said he would ‘immediately’ request a recount in Wisconsin, where former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leads by about 20,000 votes, though it will likely be up to two weeks before he is able to make such a request.” 
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