"Many lawyers in the Trump camp" have acknowledged
in court that here's "no evidence of fraud — [however]
the Trump side’s legislature theory has some basis in fact...
[But] It would be difficult to convince lawmakers to overturn the will of voters in even one state...
And "For Trump to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, he would need to pull that trick off in three states."
"Article II of the U.S. Constitution holds that 'each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors' to vote for president as a member of the Electoral College...
"In the five states where Trump’s team hopes GOP-run statehouses will hand him a second term, the popular vote is enshrined in the state constitution, the state’s election code or both."
"Only Arizona + Georgia have Republican-dominated statehouses + Republican governors. Legislatures there have shown no particular inclination to intervene on Trump’s behalf. Even if they went along w/Trump’s plan, the president'd still be 11 electoral votes shy of..the 270 needed
Meanwhile, 3 US Supreme Court "justices, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, [recently] seemed to argue that the Constitution assigned
to each state legislature the exclusive power to decide
how to choose presidential electors...
"...A version of this argument was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, but two of the five justices
in the majority, Ruth Bader Ginsburg + Anthony Kennedy, are no longer on the court."
"Whether a legislature could step in after the fact, however, to take the choice away from its citizens
is an open question, and in any event, legal scholars
say it’s unlikely the high court would agree to change
the rules after an election in a way that'd flip
its outcome"..
"One reason for Trump and his allies to seek to delay certification of state election results is that it could strengthen their hand as key deadlines set by federal
law approach in early and mid-December."
"One result of the Trump campaign’s arguments
is to leave state legislatures squeezed from both sides. Reuters on Thursday reported the Trump campaign believes state lawmakers will fear that a failure to act
cld set off a backlash among voters in their districts
loyal to Trump
"Even so, state lawmakers enter uncharted territory
if they openly subvert the will of their constituents
to prop up a candidate who was outvoted
in their state"...


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