President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Georgia on Wednesday evening, demanding that state laws be respected when handling postal votes. This latest action makes Georgia the third major battleground state where the post-election campaign calls for judicial intervention.
At the beginning of the day, the Trump campaign had initiated legal action in Pennsylvania and Michigan, with the latter demanded by a number of news agencies for Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Republicans have begun to worry about the security of Georgia as votes continue to be tabulated in Fulton County, the most populous district in the state. The city of Atlanta and the surrounding subway area are also in Fulton County.
Election officials said they expect the results around midnight or early Thursday.
“We’ll be finished tonight,” said Richard Barron, director of elections in Fulton County, about the counting of ballots in the Democratic stronghold.
Barron said he will hire more workers to continue counting the remaining 142,000 absentee ballots. At 19:15 ET he said that 106,000 absentee ballots had already been counted.
The campaign’s complaint argues that all absentee ballots must be received by 19:00 ET on election day.
“But today a Republican election observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots being illegally added to a stack of timely absentee ballots in Chatham County,” said Justin Clark, the Trump campaign’s deputy manager and senior counsel, in a press release.
“President Trump and the Republican Party of Georgia have filed a lawsuit to require all districts of Georgia to separate all late arriving ballots from all legally submitted ballots to ensure a free and fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count,” Clark added.
The 16 votes of the Georgia Electoral College could be enough to send Biden to the White House, provided he can stick with Arizona. While other stations have declined to call Arizona, Fox News said early Wednesday that Biden would win the state.
The Trump campaign also called for a recount in Wisconsin, which most stations called Trump.
The president claimed victory in Georgia on Twitter early Wednesday afternoon, as well as in Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina. The tweet has since been denounced by the social media giant for containing content that is “controversial and could be misleading about an election or civil society processes.
Washington Newsday turned to the Democratic Party of Georgia for comments.
Updated 19:55 PM ET, with additional information.
Correction 20:20 PM ET This story and heading have been corrected to say that the complaint seeks to ensure that state laws are followed in absentee voting in Georgia. In an earlier version of this story it was said that the campaign was trying to stop the counting of the ballots….