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As the country reels from the record Covid death toll, in an unprecedented assault on the US democratic system, the Trump legal team is still attempting to overturn the result of November’s election. The focus today will be on the courts in Wisconsin, which have already dismissed previous attempts by Republicans to deny president-elect Joe Biden his win in the battleground state.
“The relief being sought by the petitioners is the most dramatic invocation of judicial power I have ever seen,” Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote in an earlier judgement denying a Wisconsin Voters Alliance case. “This is a dangerous path we are being asked to tread. The loss of public trust in our constitutional order resulting from the exercise of this kind of judicial power would be incalculable.”
Hagedorn is one of the conservative justices on the Wisconsin supreme court who has joined liberals three times in deciding against taking the Trump lawsuit and two others filed by Trump allies seeking to overturn the election.
Nevertheless today will see hearings in federal and state lawsuits seeking to invalidate hundreds of thousands of ballots and give the GOP-controlled Legislature the power to name Trump the winner against the will of Wisconsin’s popular vote.
Trump’s attorneys are urging the courts to act quickly so he can appeal any adverse ruling before members of the Electoral College meet on Monday and cast Wisconsin’s 10 votes for Biden. Attorneys for Gov. Tony Evers and the bipartisan state elections commission say the cases are without merit and should be dismissed.
The state lawsuit made Wisconsin the only state that missed Tuesday’s safe harbor deadline, which means Congress has to accept the electoral votes that will be cast Monday and sent to the Capitol for counting on 6 Jan. Missing the deadline won’t deprive Wisconsin of its 10 electoral votes, but it does still give the Trump campaign a little remaining wiggle room to try and overthrow them.
Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes. Those certified results, which came after a Trump-ordered recount in the state’s two largest Democratic counties, were then challenged again by Trump in the two lawsuits he filed in Wisconsin.
In the state case, Trump wants to disqualify absentee ballots cast early and in-person, saying there wasn’t a proper written request made for the ballots; absentee ballots cast by people who claimed “indefinitely confined” status; absentee ballots collected by poll workers at Madison parks; and absentee ballots where clerks filled in missing information on ballot envelopes.
Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, a conservative, said invalidating 221,000 votes, as the Trump lawsuit seeks, “may be out of reach for a number of reasons.”
Out of the roughly 50 lawsuits filed around the country contesting the election result, Trump and his allies have already lost more than 35.
Source: The Guardian
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