ORLANDO, Fla. – President Donald Trump, his lawyers and some of his allies have repeatedly claimed widespread voter fraud illegally tilted last week’s election in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden.
But nearly one week after the polls closed, no attorney had yet made such bold accusations in a formal court filing.
Since election-related lawsuits can be expensive to pursue, with attorneys who knowingly file frivolous lawsuits risking sanctions by the courts, many plaintiffs try to choose their legal battles wisely.
During a Saturday morning news conference outside a Philadelphia landscaping company, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said he has evidence that votes had been illegally cast in the name of dead people, including by someone using the name of actor Will Smith’s late father.
“I don’t know how he votes because his vote is secret,” said Giuliani, who had not filed a lawsuit alleging voter fraud by late Monday. “In Philadelphia they keep the votes of dead people secret.”
Allegations of voters using dead peoples' names have surfaced for decades, including after the 1960 election that delivered John F. Kennedy the presidency over Richard Nixon.
“Usually these are mistakes,” said News 6 political analyst Jim Clark. “You’ll have a Bob Jones, Jr. who lives in the house his father lived in, Bob Jones, Sr. And (people) get them confused.”