|3.Trump campaign cites Republican candidate as proof of mail-in voter fraud in Pa.
President Donald Trump has spent months falsely claiming in Tweets and at rallies that mail-in balloting is ripe for fraud; fraud that would then allow Democrats to steal the 2020 election.
But searching for evidence to back up the claims in a federal court challenge to Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot law, his campaign is instead using a Republican state House candidate as evidence of wrongdoing.
The candidate, Ralph Shicatano, said he’s done nothing wrong by voting in person after requesting a mail-in ballot. But the campaign included his circumstance in a document, referenced in a campaign official’s deposition, as “evidence of duplicitous voting that occurred or was attempted during the primary election.”
The deposition was delivered in a civil rights lawsuit, Trump vs. Boockvar, filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Pennsylvania by the president’s reelection campaign against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, who administers the commonwealth’s elections. Pennsylvania’s 67 counties also are named as defendants.