2020 US ELECTION, Live Updates, Legal Wrangling!


2020 US Election
Chris Hollins

Following the ongoing 2020 US election, the latest development from Donald Trump claims that a recent Supreme Court decision would “induce violence” which Twitter labeled “misleading”. Recently a federal judge rejected an attempt by the Republican to throw out 127,000 ballots in Texas. 

An election campaign transformed by the pandemic is seeing its early record vote coupled with last-minute lawsuits, and having ended the swing state voters’ arguments, it’s also good to note that the Monday rallies and campaign closed on a normal note. However, looking at the number of ballots already cast by mail or in person, it’s evident that the turnout would potentially break the record set in 2016 earlier predicted.

Legal wrangling equally occurred during the campaign and before Election Day, with a federal judge in Texas on Monday rejecting Republican efforts to invalidate over 127,000 votes that were cast at drive-through locations in Harris County, understood to be a Democratic stronghold that includes Houston, and also the nation’s fourth-largest city.

The 2020 US election already marked by over 400 voting-related lawsuits eventually witnessed a lawsuit filed by Republicans, which came as Texas, known as reliably Republican in presidential elections emerged a swing state this time, with polls showing an unusually close race. Amid the pandemic, Harris County set up 10 drive-through voting sites designed to offer a safe and in-person voting option, while polls were open for 18 days.

While in a lawsuit, Republicans argued that the Harris County Clerk ‘Chris Hollins’ lack the authority to allow drive-through voting in the county.

On Monday, a federal judge appointed by President ‘George W. Bush’, judge ‘Andrew S. Hanen’ held an emergency hearing for the lawsuit and ruled against tossing the ballots, while prior to that, it was reported on Sunday that the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court had rejected a move to get those ballots tossed out.

After that, Texas Biden campaign director ‘Rebecca Acuna’, praise the decision. As she said, Make no mistake: This is not a partisan victory. This is a victory for voters across the country who are exercising their constitutional right to their voices heard”.   

Howbeit, with fears underway, it’s anticipated that passion could be stirred up, and as well, lead to unrest or violence. Based on this, some states have deployed members of the National Guard, including Massachusetts to be on standby in case of any turmoil following the election.

Trump had also criticized the Supreme Court decision allowing Pennsylvania to accept absentee ballots for several days after Election Day, adding that it could be “physically dangerous”. And on Twitter, he also lamented without facts that such a decision would lead to “rampant and unchecked cheating” and equally notified reporters in Wisconsin, “I hope the Supreme Court has the wisdom to change it”.

While on the other hand, the Democrat nominee Mr. Biden in Ohio and Pennsylvania which is regarded as battlegrounds reportedly closed in a more disciplined message.

“Tomorrow we have an opportunity to put an end to a presidency that’s divided this nation. Adding that, “Tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that has failed to protect this nation. And tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that’s fanned the flames of hate all across this country”.

Howbeit, tell us what you know about the 2020 US election?