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Conservative group that alleged voter fraud ends lawsuits in four states

Conservative group that alleged voter fraud ends lawsuits in four states

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HOUSTON (AP) — A conservative group on Monday moved to dismiss voter fraud lawsuits it had filed in four states days after the group's leader made baseless allegations questioning the integrity of the election.

Lawyers for True the Vote filed notices to dismiss cases in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania less than a week after suing in all four states. Jim Bopp Jr., an attorney for the group, declined to say why the group was ending its lawsuits but confirmed that there were no other cases pending from the group.

The action highlighted the dwindling legal options that President Donald Trump has as he continues to insist that fraud cost him an election he claims to have won.

Based in Houston, True the Vote is one of several conservative groups that have tried to sow doubts about President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Following Trump's lead, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht, without presenting evidence, accused states that Biden won of counting illegal votes.

"All we want are the facts — regardless of the final outcome — so that we can determine where vulnerabilities in the election system exist and take steps to fix them," Engelbrecht said in a statement Friday announcing the group's Wisconsin lawsuit.

Instead, Engelbrecht's group ended that case and others before the lawsuits could proceed further. Engelbrecht did not return messages seeking comment.

Several other lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and its allies have been rejected by judges, dismissed voluntarily or settled. Others are still pending.

Trump has won at least two victories in court. A Pennsylvania judge ordered authorities in Philadelphia to let observers be physically closer to the tallying of mail-in ballots. Another judge in the state ordered counties not to count mailin or absentee ballots for which the voter didn't submit valid identification within six days after the election, but that ruling is expected to affect no more than a few thousand ballots.

A hand tally of the presidential ballots in Georgia has turned up more than 2,500 votes in one county that weren't previously counted, but election officials said Monday that isn't expected to alter the overall outcome of the race.

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