U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wisconsin on October 30, 2020.
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President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin on Tuesday to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there. This was the most recent legal battle aimed at overthrowing the presidential election.
The lawsuit is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two most Democratic counties. Biden won the state with nearly 20,700 votes.
It is asking the court to order Democratic Governor Tony Evers and the state electoral commission to remove swaths of postal ballot papers that the campaign says are “illegal”.
Campaigning plaintiffs, the President himself and Vice President Mike Pence, are asking the court to block confirmation of the presidential election until those ballots are removed from the final vote.
The campaign has lost or withdrawn lawsuits in other battlefield states that attempted to invalidate ballot papers for Biden.
The new lawsuit, which skips the lower courts, comes a day after state election commission chair Ann Jacobs signed a so-called victory determination for Biden, giving him Wisconsin’s 10 electoral college vote. Trump won the state in 2016.
Biden is expected to win 306 votes in the electoral college when that body meets on December 14th.
Jacob’s resolve came after a ballot recount in the Democratic strongholds of Dane and Milwaukee Counties failed to result in a net gain of votes for Trump. These partial narratives cost Trump’s $ 3 million campaign.
The Trump campaign claims that “a pattern of activity improperly carried out … influenced the election”. Without alleging explicit fraud, for example, it is said that more than 170,000 postal ballot papers were “counted incorrectly” because they were given to voters who had not previously made a written request.
However, in a press release announcing the lawsuit, the campaign alleged that “unlawful acts” affected approximately 221,000 ballots and claimed, without evidence, that “fraud and abuse” “irrefutably altered the outcome of that election.”
Trump has claimed he won the election and refuses to allow Biden. The president, his deputies, and his campaign legal team, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have loudly launched a number of unproven fraud conspiracies to support their claims that the election was illegal.
However, in a number of court cases, the campaign has not argued that election fraud or electoral fraud was committed. Rather, the lawsuits focused on disputes over the rules of state elections, such as the distance from which volunteers can watch the counting of ballot papers, and whether errors on incoming envelopes should be disqualified.