US judge places hold on Trump campaign lawsuit over Pennsylvania mail-in ballot boxes

  • A federal judge on Sunday placed a hold on a Trump campaign lawsuit that seeks to prevent Pennsylvania from collecting mail-in ballots at drop boxes.
  • The Trump campaign had claimed the drop boxes would enable voter fraud, but failed to present any evidence to support its argument.
  • US District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said he would "apply the brakes to this lawsuit" in order to let Pennsylvania courts decide whether the drop boxes are legally permissible.
  • A recent poll found that the vast majority of Pennsylvanians who plan to vote by mail intend to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by less than 45,000 votes.
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The Trump campaign's legal effort to stop Pennsylvania from collecting mail-in ballots at statewide drop boxes was placed on hold Sunday by a federal judge that the president himself appointed.

US District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said he would "apply the brakes to this lawsuit" in order to let Pennsylvania courts decide whether or not allowing voters to place their ballots in drop boxes violates the commonwealth's laws, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The decision comes after the president's 2020 reelection campaign failed to present any evidence that Pennsylvania's use of the drop boxes would enable voter fraud. The Trump campaign argues that the drop boxes have not been explicitly authorized by the state legislature, according to Reuters.

As of June, roughly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians had requested a mail-in ballot, up from 107,000 in 2016, the Inquirer reported. Just over 70% of those ballots were requested by registered Democrats.

Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 by less than 45,000 votes.

A recent poll by Emerson College showed former Vice President Joe Biden with a significant lead in Pennsylvania, attracting the support of 52% of voters compared to 43% for Trump. The poll also found that, of the 37% of voters who plan to vote by mail, 87% intend to vote for Biden.

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