The Wisconsin Supreme Court docket hears the Trump marketing campaign movement to forged hundreds of votes
While some conservative judges are receptive to some of the campaign’s argument, none seem inclined to disenfranchise voters en masse.
Trump campaign lawyers are calling on the Wisconsin Supreme Court to invalidate hundreds of thousands of ballot papers cast in the state’s most populous counties.
According to The Associated Press, the campaign’s arguments in the state Supreme Court follow the failure of several other lawsuits. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Brett Ludwig – himself a Trump appointee – dismissed another presidential complaint seeking an order that would allow Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature to override the election counts and award Trump the winner appoint.
In his decision, Ludwig said that Trump’s arguments “fail for legal and factual reasons.”
However, the campaign’s case is still pending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, many of the bank’s more liberal judges have signaled skepticism about the suit, one of whom goes so far as to “smell like racism”.
That’s because the Trump campaign only wants to reject ballot papers that were counted in Dane and Milwaukee counties – the seats of Wisconsin’s two largest and most diverse cities. Like other urban areas in the United States, both boroughs are liberal and have largely voted for President-elect Joe Biden.
The fact that the campaign’s lawsuit targets voters in such diverse areas was clearly an issue for Justice Jill Karofsky. Speaking to Trump attorney Jim Troupis, Karofsky said the president was essentially and effectively asking the court to withdraw voting rights.
“This lawsuit, Mr. Troupis, smells like racism,” Karofsky said. “I don’t know how you can get to this court and possibly ask for a means unknown in US history […] it is not normal. “
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Similarly, Justice Rebecca Dallet – a Democrat like Karofsky – wondered why President Trump hadn’t questioned the inherent fairness of the voting process in Wisconsin in 2016 when he won the state by a small margin.
Specifically, Troupis identified a change in the Wisconsin voting protocol that was problematic. In the past, the state asked potential voters to fill out two forms in order to cast a vote. As of 2016, Wisconsin only needed one.
Troupis went so far as to say that his own vote should be discarded since he had only completed one form himself.
“Then what I hear from you is that the form was really fine in 2016 when it helped the president win, but now in 2020, if he didn’t win the state of Wisconsin, there is something illegal or inappropriate about that form” Said Dallet.
However, Troupis merely said that Trump was not a harmed party in 2016 and therefore had no reason or reason to contest the election results. He also suggested that the court hear the facts only to the extent that they concern the law.
“This whole case is about fraud,” said Troupis. “The statutes are in force because they presume fraud will exist if you don’t follow them.”
The Associated Press notes that while some conservative judges appeared to be open to some aspects of Troupis’ reasoning, they are unwilling to reject large numbers of legally cast votes.
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