US Supreme Court urged to throw out Texas, Donald Trump bid to overturn battleground state election results
Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have urged the US Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit filed by Texas and backed by President Donald Trump seeking to undo president-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
- The Texas lawsuit says the four battleground states wrongly amended their mail-in voting systems before the election
- But the battleground states have responded, saying there was no evidence of fraud
- Legal experts have questioned whether Texas has the legal standing to challenge election procedures in other states
The battleground states say the case has no factual or legal grounds and offers “bogus” claims.
“What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts,” Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Attorney-General, wrote.
Texas filed the long-shot suit against the four states earlier this week directly with the Supreme Court.
It asked that the voting results in those states be thrown out because of their changes in voting procedures that allowed expanded mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump’s campaign and his allies already have been spurned in numerous lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the election results.
Legal experts have said the Texas lawsuit has little chance of succeeding and have questioned whether Texas has the legal standing to challenge election procedures in other states.
Mr Biden, a Democrat, defeated Mr Trump in the four states, which the Republican President had won in the 2016 election.
The Texas lawsuit, Mr Shapiro wrote, was adding to a “cacophony of bogus false claims” about the election.
Chris Carr, Georgia’s Republican Attorney-General, noted like the others that Texas cannot show it has been harmed by the election results in other states.
“The novel and far-reaching claims that Texas asserts, and the breathtaking remedies it seeks, are impossible to ground in legal principles and unmanageable,” Mr Carr wrote.
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Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Democratic Attorney-General, noted that Mr Trump already had obtained recounts in the two most heavily Democratic counties in the state, showing no problems with the results.
“There has been no indication of any fraud, or anything else that would call into question the reliability of the election results,” Mr Kaul wrote.
Trump meets with Texas Attorney-General behind lawsuit
Mr Trump filed a motion with the Supreme Court asking the nine justices to let him intervene and become a plaintiff in the suit filed by Ken Paxton, the Republican Attorney-General of Texas and an ally of the president.
Mr Trump met on Thursday (local time) with Mr Paxton and other state attorneys-general who support the suit.
Twenty states joined the District of Columbia in filing a brief lodged by Democratic officials backing the four states targeted by Texas.
Seventeen other states on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to hear the case in filings by Republican officials.
Mr Trump has falsely claimed he won re-election and has made baseless allegations of widespread voting fraud. State election officials have said they have found no evidence of such fraud.
The lawsuit does not make specific fraud allegations.
Instead, Texas said changes to voting procedures removed protections against fraud and were unlawful when the reforms were made by officials in the four states or courts without the approval of the states’ legislatures.
Democrats and other critics have accused Mr Trump of aiming to reduce public confidence in US election integrity and undermine democracy by trying to subvert the will of the voters.