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Texas Sues Battleground States Over 2020 Election

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A lawsuit has been filed with the US Supreme Court by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The lawsuit makes several allegations, including allegations that the states violated state and federal laws by sending out ballots and applications for ballots. 

The lawsuit requests that the Supreme Court order the defendant states to choose electors for the electoral college via their legislatures.

Specifically, the filing points to “non-legislative actors’ purported amendments to States’ duly enacted election laws,” which the filing claims to be a violation of the US Constitution, “intrastate differences in treatment of voters,” and “the appearance of voting irregularities in the Defendant States.”

The filing further cites the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, claiming that violations of state law also violate federal election law.

In Pennsylvania, the filing alleges that the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania “unilaterally abrogated several Pennsylvania statutes requiring signature verification for absentee or mail-in ballots” without legislative approval. The filing also points to a case in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court case which extended the deadline for county boards of elections to receive mail-in ballots, alleges some counties failed to allow poll watchers to observe “the opening, counting, and recording of absentee and mail-in ballots,” alleges the curing process for defective mail-in ballots followed violated state law, alleges absentee ballots were “evaluated under an illegal standard regarding signature verification,” alleges that “ a great number of ballots […] were counted by virtue of the fact that Pennsylvania did not segregate all ballots received after 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020,” and points to apparent “discrepancies in Pennsylvania’s reported data concerning the 19 number of mail-in ballots distributed to the populace.”

In Georgia, the filing alleges that the Secretary of State of Georgia “unilaterally abrogated Georgia’s statute governing the signature verification process for absentee ballots” without legislative approval, alleges that the State Election Board authorized “county election officials to begin processing absentee ballots up to three weeks before Election Day” in violation of state law, and alleges that the adopted process used for ballot curing violated state law.

In Michigan, the filing alleges that the Secretary of State of Michigan violated state law by sending “unsolicited absentee-voter ballot applications by mail to all 7.7 million registered Michigan voters” and “did away with protections designed to deter voter fraud.” 

The filing also alleges that the fact that voters were able to request an absentee ballot online violated the requirement for a request to be signed and alleges that poll watching, and signature verification laws were violated in Wayne County, where Detroit is located.

Additional claims in the suit argues that a number of absentee ballots “not tied to a registered voter […] most likely resulted from the phenomenon of Wayne County election workers running the same ballots through a tabulator multiple-times.”

In Wisconsin, the filing alleges that both local officials and the Wisconsin Elections Commission weakened security procedures put in place by state law without legislative approval through measures such as the use of drop boxes for ballots and encouragement of voters to declare themselves indefinitely confined, with the filing alleging this was done to “enable the voter to avoid the photo ID requirement and signature requirement” outlined in state law. 

It continues by claiming that canvass workers “used red-ink pens to alter the certificates on the absentee envelope and then cast and count the absentee ballot” for mail-in ballots missing the address of a witness, which is an alleged violation of state law. It also points to a witness alleging that “USPS employees were backdating ballots received after November 3, 2020.”

Texas Attorney General took to Twitter after news broke of the lawsuit, saying in a tweet: “I will always fight for voter integrity. We must always make sure our vote is protected and matters.” 

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