The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Trump’s campaign lawsuit aimed at invalidating more than 200,000 votes cast in the state’s two democratic bastions, thus narrowing another legal avenue by which the outgoing president sought to overthrow the election result.
The Conservative Court’s 4-3 vote to dismiss the case halted President Trump’s and his supporters ’multifaceted attempt to blow up Wisconsin’s entire absentee voting system that the Trump campaign wanted to make an offender. law.
Three Liberal judges of the court and a Conservative judge who joined them said the Wisconsin Supreme Court was not a suitable venue for the Trump campaign lawsuit and suggested that the court raise the lawsuit in a lower court.
“As a judiciary, we are doing well to the tried-and-tested judicial norms of the times, especially – and perhaps especially – in high-profile cases,” wrote Judge Brian Hagedorn, a Liberal Conservative. “Following the law governing the challenges of the election results does not pose a threat to the rule of law.”
At the end of Thursday, Wisconsin attorney James Troupis, a Trump campaign lawyer, filed new separate lawsuits in Dane County and Milwaukee County aimed at invalidating votes in the two democratic areas in question in a case that was rejected by the Supreme Court.
But Mr. Troupis and the Trump campaign are taking all legal steps for a short time to change the reality of the 20,000-vote Wisconsin victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. The deadline for exhausting the legal challenges related to state certificates is Tuesday, and the Electoral College will meet on December 14 to formally vote on Mr. Biden’s next president.
While Mr. Trump falsely claimed that the head of state election was “cheated” in many states, his campaign and his Republican allies did not claim that the Wisconsin election was fraudulent. Instead, they argued that the systems and rules that Wisconsin used in its last 11 state elections were illegal.
Over the past two weeks, Mr Troupis has argued that accepting personal absentee voting by municipal officials before election day violated state law – despite local election officials carrying out the process under the direction of the Wisconsin Electoral Commission. a bipartisan body that oversees state elections.
“I have not yet seen a credible demand for fraudulent activity during the election,” Dean Knudson, a Republican member of the election committee, said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “The Trump campaign did not allege fraud in this election. These are disputes. “
The Trump trial also argued that municipal officials should not have been allowed to fill in the addresses of witnesses for missing ballot papers, which the election committee had given permission to. State law requires absentee voter witnesses to sign their ballot papers. The lawsuit also asked the court to invalidate the ballot papers collected by the Madison municipal official at the October rallies in the city parks, although these events were also blessed by the election committee.
The Trump campaign only questioned ballots in Milwaukee County and Dane County, including Madison, the state’s capital, and the home of the flagship of the University of Wisconsin. The two counties are the largest and most democratic in the state.
Wednesday’s late campaign launched a similar lawsuit in federal court in Milwaukee to completely revoke the result of the state election, and that Wisconsin’s 10 voter college votes are determined by state legislation controlled by Republicans. Two other lawsuits – one in the federal courts and another in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin – are also intended to challenge the election of the state.
Few high-ranking Republican officials in Wisconsin believed Trump’s campaign arguments would lead to the election being destroyed and the state’s ten election votes going to Mr. Trump instead of Biden.
“The problem for the courts – even if they accept the argument of the president’s lawyers – is what the remedy is.” Former Governor Scott Walker, Trump Loyal Tuesday, wrote on Facebook.
Wisconsin law, as Mr. Walker noted, stipulates that if municipalities determine after an election that an absentee voter should not have cast a ballot, the election clerk must randomly select the ballot and discard it because at this point there is no way to attach a ballot to the voter who casts it.
If the Trump campaign had been successful, not necessarily invalidated ballot papers would have to be handed out in the way it considered illegal. It would have simply reduced the number of votes in the two most democratic counties in the state without taking the same number of votes cast in the other 70 counties in the state.
Alan Feuer contributed to the report.