Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss millions of votes in four battleground states that Paxton believes may have been unconstitutional.
Paxton’s suit raises issues with the changes made to the election and voting policies in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia — states where Trump led on Election Day but that later flipped to Biden — during the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed an unprecedented number of Americans to vote in the 2020 election, creating a “massive opportunity for fraud,” according to the suit.
“Our Country stands at an important crossroads,” the suit reads. “Either the Constitution matters and must be followed, even when some officials consider it inconvenient or out of date, or it is simply a piece of parchment on display at the National Archives. We ask the Court to choose the former.”
The complaint argues that the four states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution and that reported voting irregularities in those states were due to the “unconstitutional relaxation of ballot-integrity protections in those States’ election laws.”
“These flaws cumulatively preclude knowing who legitimately won the 2020 election and threaten to cloud all future elections,” the suit alleges.
“Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification, government officials in the defendant states of Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, usurped their legislatures’ authority and unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes.”
The suit also alleges that elections officials in the four states failed to properly verify voters’ signatures and did not separate ballots to allow for an “accurate analysis to determine which ballots were cast in conformity with the legislatively set rules and which were not.”
The lawsuit was met with pushback from top officials in the states, who firmly denied allegations of unconstitutional ballots having been cast in the 2020 election.
Reactions: Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Paxton’s motion “a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading.”
“The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have already been thoroughly litigated and roundly rejected in both state and federal courts — by judges appointed from both political parties,” Nessel said, according to NBC News. “Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of attorney general and the people of the great state of Texas.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said, “I feel sorry for Texans that their tax dollars are being wasted on such a genuinely embarrassing lawsuit.” Kaul, a Democrat, added that “the Wisconsin Department of Justice will defend against this attack on our democracy.”
Later, Nessel, Kaul and Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, issued a joint statement calling Paxton’s effort “insignificant.”
“It’s well past time for the president and our fellow states and elected officials to stop misleading the public about this year’s election and to acknowledge that the results certified in our states reflect the decisions made by the voters in a free, fair, and secure election,” their statement said.