Trump Campaign Files Lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Calls Democrat Secretary of State 'Unhinged'

The Trump campaign announced it is filing multiple lawsuits in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania as ballots continue to be counted after Election Day. One of the three legal actions will be against "Pennsylvania's unhinged, radical left Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar."

The Trump campaign claimed that Boockvar has "tried her hardest to bake in a backdoor to victory for Joe Biden with late, illegal ballots in collusion with the partisan state supreme court," in a press release on Wednesday.

The campaign's motion will intervene in an earlier decision made by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that said the state would continue accepting mail-in ballots up to three days after November 3.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, but the court declined to take the challenge. The Trump campaign has argued that counting these votes would be unconstitutional.

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People participate in a protest in support of counting all votes as the election in Pennsylvania is still unresolved on November 04, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Trump campaign has filed three lawsuits in the battleground state, including one that has requested the halt of ballot counting. Spencer Platt/Getty

The president's reelection campaign said it would also be filling two other lawsuits.

The campaign is suing "to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency," claiming that Democrat election officials are "hiding the ballot counting" from Republican observers by ordering them to stay 25 feet away from the process.

The other lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania Democrats are breaking the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by allowing first-time voters to provide identification past Election Day.

"Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania," the Trump campaign said in a press release. "Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it."

As the mail-in ballots, which are expected to favor Biden, are now being counted in several key swing states, the Trump campaign has also filed a lawsuit in Michigan to stop ballot counting in the Great Lake State, while demanding a recount in Wisconsin—which has been called for Biden by a number of news organization, including the Associated Press.

With its 20 electoral votes, Pennsylvania will be a critical win for either candidate wanting to secure a path to the White House.

As of 3:41 p.m. ET, 82 percent of Pennsylvania's ballots have been reported, with a current 6-point lead for the president.

Election officials in the state have said they expected most votes will be counted by Friday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has said the state will count every vote despite legal threats from the Trump campaign.

"It's the law. The law says, 'Count every eligible vote and that's exactly what's happening all across Pennsylvania right now,'" Shapiro told Good Morning America on Wednesday.

When asked about the earlier request from the state's Republican Party to stop ballot counting, Shapiro said: "The legal issues have largely been settled, and now it's time to count these votes and make sure that the will of the people is heard."

Newsweek reached out to the Pennsylvania Department of State for comment.