In the home stretch of the campaign,any shift in events can decide the outcome.
Joe Biden and the Democrats are learning that lesson the hard way.
And now all hell broke loose when Joe Biden lost a court case he knew may cost him everything.
Democrats’ back up plan to win the election was having Democrat governors and Democrat judges in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin collude to unilaterally rewrite election laws in those states to allow for ballots to come in after Election Day and still be counted and to impose risky ballot harvesting schemes that allow one individual to collect ballots from multiple voters and turn them in.
But these schemes to overturn an Election Night result that shows a Donald Trump victory ran into a brickwall as the cases moved through the courts.
In Michigan a court of appeals unanimously ruled against a lower court ruling by a Democrat judge allowing ballots that came in up to two weeks after Election Day to count as long as they were postmarked by Election Day and to permit ballot harvesting.
The Detroit News reported, “In Friday’s Court of Appeals decision, judges Thomas Cameron, Mark Boonstra and Michael Gadola ruled in a 3-0 opinion that the Court of Claims ‘abused its discretion’ by granting injunctions that allowed for the collection of ballots by third parties and required clerks to accept late ballots if they were postmarked before Election Day and received within 14 days after Nov. 3.”
The court explained that it was up to the legislature to change the law which does not allow for ballot harvesting and says all votes –including mail-in votes – must be in by the time the polls close on Election Night.
The State Supreme Court previously ruled the Michigan law requiring all ballots be turned in by 8PM on Election Night was constitutional and the appeals court cited that precedent in overturning the Democrat judges’ attempt to impose new rules for this election.
“We are not only bound by that holding, but we fully agree with it,” Justice Cameron wrote.
Justice Cameron also correctly noted any changes to election law needed to come from the legislature.
“It is the responsibility of our elected policy makers, not the judiciary,” Justice Cameron added.
The judges also argued that while it is true there is a pandemic that caused hardship, state officials did take some steps to accommodate those at risk by adding more ballot drop boxes across the state.
“To be sure, the pandemic has caused considerable change in our lives, but election officials have taken considerable steps to alleviate the potential effects by making no-reason absent voting easier for the 2020 election,” Justice Cameron continued.
Finally, Justice Cameron wrote the state had a compelling interest “to regulate and preserve the purity of elections,” adding, “On balance, the ballot-handling restrictions pass constitutional muster given the state’s strong interest in preventing fraud.”
The Court of Appeals upholding the rule of law and preserving a clean and fair election free from chaos damages Joe Biden’s chances to win the state.
Donald Trump carried Michigan by just a few thousand votes in 2016.
The Trafalgar Group – the only pollster to call Trump winning Michigan in 2016 – just released a poll showing the President up by one point.
Michigan figures to see another close presidential contest again in 2020 and whoever wins the state may very well win the Presidency.
And Joe Biden losing the ability to count ballots for weeks and harvest ballots may cost him the state’s Electoral College votes as well as the Presidency.
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