President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Texas to file a lawsuit to overturn an election defeat by expelling poll results in four states.
Trump has called for intervention in the latest Texas case to overturn the victory of Democrat President-elect Joe Biden over the Republican candidate in the Nov. 3 election.
In another summary, attorneys from 17 states, led by Republican Attorney General Eric Schmidt of Missouri, asked nine justices to hear the case.
Attempts in the courts for Trump to question the election result have failed.
The case, announced yesterday by Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, targeted four states that Trump lost to Mr. Biden in the 2016 election.
Trump falsely claimed that he had won re-election and made baseless allegations of widespread vote fraud. State-level election officials said no evidence of such fraud had been found.
Today we wrote on Twitter that President Trump said, “We will deal with the Texas (and many other states) cases. This is a big deal. Our country needs a victory!”
Electoral law experts commented that the Texas litigation was unlikely to win and had no legal merit.
“It’s a procedural and a matter of fact,” said Justin Levitt, an election law professor at Loyola Law School in California. “The court does not agree to take up the case.”
In addition to Missouri, the states that join Texas are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.
Republican officials represented all states in the filing. All but three states have Republican governors.
Officials from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin described the case as a reckless attack on democracy. It was filed directly in the Supreme Court instead of a lower court which allowed certain cases between states.
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