A judge in New Jersey has rejected a challenge from the Trump campaign to the state’s mail-in voting scheme.
According to Fox News:
A New Jersey federal judge shot down the Trump campaign‘s attempt to halt the state’s new mail-in voting rules, including one that allows ballots to be counted two days after Election Day even if they do not have a postmark.
In a Tuesday opinion, Judge Michael Shipp denied the campaign’s request for a preliminary injunction, ruling that the state acted within its authority to issue the rules.
“Although federal law prohibits New Jersey from canvassing ballots cast after Election Day, it is within New Jersey’s discretion to choose its methods of determining the timeliness of ballots, so long as there is no appreciable risk of canvassing untimely ballots,” the court’s ruling said.
The judge cited case law supporting New Jersey’s right to take its desired measures to protect voters from exposure to COVID-19, stating that decisions regarding “the safety and health of the people” are constitutionally entrusted to elected officials.
The judge said the Trump campaign failed to show the irreparable harm they would face should the rules remain in place.