by James V DeLong
complaint filed in Pennsylvania by the Trump campaign is a superb piece of
legal craftsmanship. I
It was filed in federal court, not state. The gist is that some of the state's actions, and particularly the exclusion of Republican poll-watchers during the counting of hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots, violated federal constitutional requirements.
As for the obviousness of the point, consider as a thought experiment a state law requiring that all votes be counted in secret by an unelected board named by the party in power. Could it survive a constitutional challenge?
James V DeLong lives in the Shenandoah Valley and is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review.