Make frivolous litigation great again? Where things stand with the Trump campaign’s election lawsuits and the potential role of the Supreme Court

Katharine Valencia*

Versión en español aquí.

On Saturday, November 7 – four days after Election Day – most major media outlets reported that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the presidential race against incumbent Donald Trump. It is standard practice in the US for elections to be called based on unofficial vote tallies reported by states, before being officially certified several weeks later. According to current popular vote tallies, Biden received about 5.5 million more votes than Trump; but more importantly, Biden is projected to cross the threshold of 270 votes in the electoral college (the proportional state-based system for electing the president) required to win. In normal times, this would result in the losing candidate conceding the race, and the process of certifying votes would be little more than a formality in terms of the final outcome.

However, we do not live in normal times and Donald Trump is anything but a typical president. Trump declared that it is he who is the winner, and that massive fraud had occurred in swing states where tallies showed that Biden had prevailed. Indeed, Trump had signaled for months that he would not concede and that he could only lose if the election was rigged. The Trump campaign and the Republican party have filed multiple lawsuits before and after the election to contest the validity of certain ballots. In the public sphere, Trump and his supporters continue to allege widespread voter fraud, without evidence. This post will provide an overview of the current state of election litigation and consider the likelihood that the US Supreme Court could play a decisive role.

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Donald Trump vs. las Oficinas del Inspector General

Jean Carlos Báez Rosario*

En Estados Unidos, el rol del Inspector General (IG) dentro de las diversas agencias y departamentos del gobierno federal (equivalentes a ministerios o secretarías en América Latina) juega un papel muy importante de veeduría interna y rendición de cuentas, manteniendo informada a la rama legislativa y al pueblo estadounidense. A pesar de su relevancia, este puesto se ha visto atacado por la administración del Presidente Donald Trump, quien ha hecho todo lo posible por mantener los puestos de IG vacantes y obstaculizar investigaciones en curso con la remoción del Inspector General de varios departamentos. Pero no se puede decir que estas acciones no tengan precedentes, ya que lo mismo ocurrió con Barack Obama y su administración (2009-2017).

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Una Corte Constitucional en manos de Trump

Luis Enrique Rosas Luengas [1]

Licenciado en Derecho por el CIDE,

Maestro en Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos por Notre Dame

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Como menciona Van Jones, el 9 de noviembre de 2016 será una fecha difícil de explicar a las futuras generaciones.[2] El ascenso de Trump al poder demuestra a un electorado lo suficientemente inconforme con el establishment al grado tal de aceptar a un candidato que ha sostenido abiertamente posturas racistas y misóginas. La cuestión no termina ahí, los Republicanos conservaron la mayoría en el Congreso,[3] y la Corte Suprema Norteamericana integrada por 9 miembros (en adelante la Corte) se encuentra, por decirlo menos, maniatada.

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