MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear President Donald Trump’s lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the loss of Democrat Joe Biden in the battlefield state, stating the case must first go through the lower courts.
The legal defeat was the latest in a series of losses as Trump’s post-election lawsuit. Judges in several battlefield states have rejected allegations of fraud or irregularities.
Trump asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reject more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two largest democratic counties, citing irregularities in the conduct of absentee ballots. The lawsuit echoed allegations previously rejected by election officials in those counties during a recount that barely affected Biden’s profits of about 20,700 votes.
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Trump wanted the Conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to bring the case directly, saying there was not enough time to conduct the legal battle by starting from a lower court first, given the looming December 14 date when the presidential voters cast their ballots. But according to Governor Tony Evers ’attorneys and the State Department of Justice, the law requires the lawsuit to begin in lower courts.
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Later on Thursday, the Trump campaign announced in a press release that it had filed “appeals of appeal” in both Dane and Milwaukee counties. Jim Troupis, the campaign’s Wisconsin attorney, said the move is being ordered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
President Trump filed a similar lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday.
In Wisconsin, Trump challenged procedures that have been in place for years and have never been found to be illegal.
He claimed that there were thousands of missing ballot papers without a written request. He argued that the electronic diary created when a voter requests an online vote, as requested by the vast majority, does not comply with the letter of the law.
He also challenged several ballot papers where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot paper was placed, although this practice had long been accepted in Wisconsin, and the State Electoral Commission told administrators that it was okay.
And Trump challenged the missing ballots, where voters declared themselves “indefinitely closed”. This is a status that relieves them of having to present a photo ID to vote, and which was used much more heavily this year because of the pandemic. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in March that it is up to each voter to determine their status.
Democrat governor Tony Evers called the lawsuit an “attack on democracy” and urged the court not to accept the original jurisdiction of the case.
“President Trump (lawsuit) is earning nothing less than overthrowing the will of nearly 3.3 million Wisconsin voters,” Evers’ attorneys said in a statement to the court. “It is a shocking and outrageous attack on our democracy. … is simply trying to get Wisconsin voter votes despite losing the national election.
Two other conservative lawsuits are still pending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court over the invalidity of votes cast in the presidential election. In addition to Trump’s federal lawsuit, there is another in federal court with similar claims from conservative attorney Sidney Powell, who has been removed from Trump’s legal team.
Wisconsin this week confirmed Biden’s victory, laying the groundwork for the Democratic Chalkboard of voters previously elected to cast 10 voter votes in the state.