Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit would invalidate the letters because of COVID-19

  • President Donald Trump’s campaign launched a new lawsuit in Wisconsin aimed at invalidating 221,000 votes.
  • Wisconsin has already confirmed its electoral votes and declared President-elect Joe Biden the winner.
  • The lawsuit would invalidate Jim Troupis, the campaign’s chief election attorney in the state, who wrote the lawsuit.
  • It also challenges people who are worried about leaving the home due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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President Donald Trump’s campaign launched another election lawsuit, this time trying to invalidate the votes in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin had already authenticated its votes on Monday. President-elect Joe Biden increased his victory rate in the state through a recount requested by Trump, winning more than 20,000 votes.

An action filed with the Wisconsin State Supreme Court on Tuesday asks the court to force the state to exclude ballot papers that it says do not comply with election laws. He does not allege that there were voters or election frauds in the state. It seeks to question the legitimacy of the voting system set up by the Republican-controlled government over eight years.

If successful, the lawsuit would exclude 221,000 votes, the Trump campaign said in a statement.

This includes Jim Troupis, the Wisconsin senior election lawyer for the Trump campaign, who filed the lawsuit.

“Wisconsin cannot allow more than three million legal ballots to be destroyed by even a single illegal vote,” Troupis said in a statement.

In November, Troupis told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he voted on a “personally missing ballot” that should not be taken into account, according to the lawsuit. Troupis’s wife also voted this way, according to a document submitted to the Dane County Canvassers Board and obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

Trump’s lawsuit would exclude the votes of people worried about leaving home because of COVID-19

The lawsuit is also aimed at the “Indefinitely Missing Ballot” used by nearly 250,000 voters in the November elections.

The voting method has historically been used by people with disabilities, writes the Journal Sentinel. But this year, there was widespread acceptance by voters who were worried about leaving their homes because of the coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 3,400 people in the state so far.

According to Trump’s campaign, the term “Indefinitely Closed” was used to circumvent state laws regarding photo ID.

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Election officials will wait for procedural issues to be debated during the countdown of ballots from the November 3 election at the Wisconsin Center on November 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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According to the Wisconsin Electoral Commission, voters themselves must decide whether they want to use the “Indefinitely Closed” voting option and provide comprehensive guidance to those who use this ballot but do not have a valid photo ID. Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election officer, told a local subsidiary of ABC News that instead of using a photo ID, voters can sign a certificate of absentees and witnesses can sign a ballot paper for those absent.

Senior citizens and those who use the ballot paper objected to the exclusion of their votes.

“We are past the older age group. We are very old. My husband has just turned 80 and I am 78. So there was no way we could vote in person,” Wisconsin resident Tee Gee Levy told the Journal Sentinel. “It’s not justified at all. I’m surprised there are lawyers who are still following. I wish more people would speak.”

In addition to excluding some “Indefinitely Closed” ballot papers and all “Personally Missing” ballot papers, the lawsuit would eliminate all ballot papers where witnesses did not write down their titles and votes cast for “Democracy in the Park” election officials. events in September and October.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has not yet decided to hear the case, a court spokesman told Reuters.

Trump and his allies have filed more than two dozen lawsuits against the election results. None of them succeeded.