MADISON, WIS. (AP) – President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin on Tuesday to exclude 221,000 ballots from the state’s two most democratic counties. It’s a long attempt to overthrow Joe Biden’s victory on a battlefield, which he lost by nearly 20,700 votes. .
Trump presented the day after Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Electoral Commission Chairman Biden was confirmed as the winner of 10 state election college votes. Trump asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly, instead of going to a lower court, and order Everst to revoke the certificate.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court gave Evers Tuesday until 20:30 to respond to the lawsuit, an unusually tight deadline for how quickly the court is likely to rule on the case.
The state’s supreme court, run by conservatives in a 4-3 ratio, is also considering hearing two other lawsuits filed by conservatives to invalidate votes cast in the presidential election. Separately, two Wisconsin Republicans on Tuesday filed a new federal lawsuit that reflected some of Trump’s allegations and asked a judge to declare him a winner in Wisconsin.
Trump’s lawsuit reiterates a number of allegations made in Milwaukee and Dane counties during the counting of votes that most of the votes in absentia were cast illegally. Local officials rejected his allegations during the recount, and Trump disputes procedures that have been in place for years and were never found to be illegal.
Trump does not dispute the votes cast in conservative counties.
Biden campaign spokesman Nate Evans called the lawsuit completely unfounded and not rooted on the spot. Democratic Governor Tony Evers said it was “unworthy.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul noted that the lawsuit does not claim that anyone was not eligible to vote, but instead seeks to create a two-tier electoral system where voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties will be disenfranchised “under much stricter rules than citizens of in the rest of the state. “
Trump’s Wisconsin attorney, Jim Troupis, said voters “deserve electoral processes by enforcing the law in a uniform, simple, and simple manner.”
Similar Trump campaign lawsuits have failed in other battlefield states.
In Phoenix, a judge set Thursday’s trial for Arizona GOP president Kelli Ward in a lawsuit aimed at destroying Biden’s victory by the state. The judge will allow Ward’s attorneys and experts to compare the signing of the 100 postal envelopes with the documents to determine if there are any irregularities. The office of Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, which validated Arizona’s election results on Monday, said there was no factual basis for conducting such a review.
Trump is running out of time to discuss his legal affairs. The Electoral College is scheduled to meet on Dec. 14, and Congress will count the votes on Jan. 6.
Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit seeks to discard 170,140 absentee ballots where there was no written request, and all missing ballot papers were handed over in person in the two weeks prior to election day.
People who vote early in person fill out a supporting envelope for their ballot paper, which serves as a written record. But the vast majority of applications for absences are published online today, with the voter’s name being recorded in an electronic diary without paper.
Trump wants to throw 5517 ballot papers where election officials filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot paper was placed. The practice has been valid for at least the last 11 elections, and the State Election Commission has told administrators that this is okay.
Trump also questions 28,395 absentee ballots where a voter declared himself or herself “closed indefinitely” under the law. Such a statement relieves voters of the need to present a photo ID to vote. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in March that it is up to individual voters to determine if they are unrestricted. This notation was used by nearly four times as many voters this year as in 2016 because of the coronavirus epidemic.
Trump also claims Madison opened illegal polling stations when the city held events in parks where election workers accepted 17,271 completed missing ballot papers from voters to avoid crowds and postal delays. City officials said polling staff at 220 parks served the same purpose as the urns.
The federal lawsuit was initiated by Bill Feehan, president of the La Crosse County Republican Party, and Derrick Van Orden, who failed unsuccessfully at this year’s congress in western Wisconsin. Sidney Powell, a conservative conservative lawyer who has been removed from Trump’s legal team, is among the lawyers.
Van Orden said after filing the lawsuit, he spoke to someone in Powell’s office about the case, but did not give permission to be named a lawyer. Van Orden said he tried to call Powell to ask for his name to be deleted, but could not get through. Powell did not respond immediately to the Associated Press email asking for comment.
“Why do they want me to be there, I’m not quite sure,” Van Orden said.
The same lawsuit calls for a 48-hour security recording from the “TCF Center,” located in Detroit, not Wisconsin.
Also on Tuesday, Wisconsin Electoral Commission Republicans asked the Democratic president to resign after finalizing election results on Monday. They said the committee should have been involved in the process, while the president, who refused to resign, said he would follow state laws and precedents.