MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – President Donald Trump has sued Wisconsin officials in an effort to reclaim the state he lost by about 20,700 votes.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Pres. Trump filed his suit against Governor Tony Evers and the election results he certified.
Gov. Evers and the head of the state Elections Commission certified Joe Biden’s victory.
According to the Journal Sentinel, under the federal ‘safe harbor’ law, the results determined by the state will be respected if challenges to the outcome are resolved by Dec. 8
The Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 and Congress to count the electoral votes on Jan. 6.
State law says challenges to election results are to be filed in circuit court, according to the Journal Sentinel, but Pres. Trump brought his lawsuit directly with the state Supreme Court.
The state’s highest court also is considering whether to hear two other lawsuits filed by conservatives seeking to invalidate ballots cast during the presidential election.
Pres. Trump has argued many of Wisconsin’s ballots should be tossed. Those challenges were rejected by the boards of canvassers in Milwaukee and Dane counties.
Trump repeats many of the claims he made without evidence during a recount of votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties that large swaths of absentee votes were illegally cast. Local officials rejected his claims during the recount, and Trump is challenging procedures that have been in place for years and never been found to be illegal.
The campaign’s lawyers argue:
“This Court should grant the Petition and provide the requested relief by ordering that the results and certification of the Election may not include any In-Person Absentee Ballots without an associated written application, Incomplete and Altered-Certification Absentee Ballots, any absentee ballots issued to persons who claimed to be Indefinitely Confined after March 25, 2020 and who failed to provide photo identification and those ballots received at ‘Democracy in the Park’ events.
“Moreover, Court should enter such orders as necessary to enjoin, or otherwise direct, Governor Anthony Evers to rescind and withdraw any prior certification he may have attempted to enter related to the selection of electors.”
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“The people of Wisconsin deserve election processes with uniform enforcement of the law, plain and simple,” Trump’s Wisconsin attorney, Jim Troupis, said in a statement. “During the recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, we know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results.”
Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit seeks to have ballots discarded where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted. The state elections commission told clerks before the election that they could fill in missing information on the absentee ballot envelopes, a practice that has been in place for at least the past 11 elections.
Trump also challenged any absentee ballot where a voter declared themselves to be “indefinitely confined” under the law, a designation that increased from about 57,000 in 2016 to nearly 216,000 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Such a declaration exempts voters from having to show photo identification to cast a ballot. The Wisconsin Supreme Court in March ruled that it is up to individual voters to determine whether they are indefinitely confined.
Trump also wants to discard any absentee ballot where there was not a written application on file and all absentee ballots cast in person during the two weeks before Election Day.
People who vote in person early fill out a certification envelope in which they place their ballot and which serves as the written record. But the vast majority of absentee requests these days are made online, with a voter’s name entered into an electronic log with no paper record.
The Trump campaign said his lawsuit would disqualify 221,000 votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties.
Trump also challenges events held in Madison parks where election workers accepted completed absentee ballots from voters looking to avoid crowds and mail delays.
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