Wisconsin lawmakers signal a brand new course of calling Biden’s victory in 5 battlefield states into query
A spokesman for Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said conservative lawmakers were trying to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters.
Two Wisconsin Republican lawmakers have signaled support for another lawsuit aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s election victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona.
Wisconsin Public Radio said Reps Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and David Steffen (R-Green Bay) joined a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia late Tuesday night. The lawsuit, which was originally filed by the conservative Wisconsin Voters Alliance, calls for lawmakers in each of the states mentioned to be given the power to nominate a voting list – even before the vote is counted.
Mausau previously told WisPolitics that his “voters only scream when someone does something about it”.
Many conservatives – especially avid supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump – have claimed that the 2020 presidential election was plagued by electoral fraud, election fraud and other types of wrongdoing.
In response, Republican voters, lawmakers and the Trump campaign itself have filed a litany of lawsuits challenging the number of votes in battlefield states. To date, none of these suits has managed to knock down more than a handful of ballots. Several judges have also pointed to the uninspiring lack of evidence underlying conservative claims, with a Wisconsin Supreme Court judge even claiming that some election-related litigation is false and possibly racist.
In the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Image via Wikimedia Commons / User: Royalbroil. (CCA-BY-3.0, not ported).
Interestingly, the recently filed lawsuit in Wisconsin names Republican Vice President Mike Pence as defendants alongside Congress, the Electoral College, Wisconsin Governor, Tony Evers (D), State Assembly spokesman, Robin Vos (R-Racine County) and Senator Howard Marklein , a Republican falsely listed as the Senate Majority Leader.
In court records, attorneys Erick Kaardal and Thomas Moore have argued that the state – and its legislative representatives – violated the Wisconsinites’ constitutional rights by recognizing the president’s voters without the assistance of state lawmakers.
“The defendants are violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional right to vote by recognizing and counting their votes,” wrote Kaardall, who have not received legislative certification after the election.
Rep. Steffen told Wisconsin Public Radio that the lawsuit revolves around the constitutional roles and responsibilities of state lawmakers. According to Steffen, Wisconsin – along with several other states – falsely and illegally delegated the authority to make decisions of the electoral college to non-legislative bodies about a century ago.
“Powers that have been conferred on lawmakers in the state or the United States, such as voting, drafting district maps, or making voting decisions, are not transferable to any bureaucracy, organization, or other third party,” Steffen wrote.
A spokesman for Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers criticized the congregation’s Republicans for supporting a lawsuit that appears to seek to invalidate millions of legally cast ballots.
“It is unfortunate that Republicans are backing a lawsuit to disenfranchise 3.3 million Wisconsin voters and undo an election in which they were self-elected while giving themselves the right to choose who has Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes wins, “said the spokesman.
WPR.org notes that “multiple lawsuits in state and federal courts” aimed at invalidating Wisconsin voting rights have been unsuccessful – including at least one also filed by the Wisconsin Voter Alliance.
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