Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Supreme Court to block four other states from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden despite no evidence of fraud or widespread irregularities, The Texas Tribune reports.
Paxton filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, claiming that the states changed their mail voting rules amid the coronavirus pandemic in violation of federal law.
The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution. By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections,” Paxton said in a statement. “Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”
Paxton claimed that the changes allowed fraud to occur even though there has been no evidence of any widespread fraud, according to election officials, courts, and the Trump administration itself.
Trump vows to intervene:
"We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case,” Trump said on Twitter. “This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!"
It’s unclear what Trump means by “intervene.”
Neither his campaign nor the Justice Department, which denied any evidence of fraud that would swing the election, have made any moves to intervene.
The Supreme Court rejected another lawsuit from Trump allies seeking to throw out all mail votes in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Suit has little chance of succeeding:
The lawsuit, like the other lawsuits filed by Republicans, has little chance of overturning the legal votes of millions of people.
"The allegations in the lawsuit are false and irresponsible," Jordan Fuchs, Georgia's Republican deputy secretary of state, said in a statement. "Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen."
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the suit was just a “publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading."
"Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of Attorney General and the people of the great state of Texas," she said.