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More states back Texas election lawsuit


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More states back Texas election lawsuit

President Donald Trump and attorneys for 17 U.S. states filed briefs with the Supreme Court supporting Texas’ bid to keep Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin out of the upcoming Electoral College vote. The lawsuit accuses officials in those states, all of which have certified Joe Biden as winner, of making unconstitutional changes to voting procedures and undermining the integrity of the presidential election. If those four states sat out the Electoral College vote, neither Trump nor Biden would have the 270 electors needed to win, and state delegations to the House of Representatives could be tasked with picking the next president.

Does Texas have a case? The lawsuit raises questions about whether the executive branch of a state government can legally change election rules governing things like absentee ballot requests. Texas argues officials in Pennsylvania and its co-defendant states violated the U.S. Constitution’s provision giving power over the selection of presidential electors to state legislatures. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia agree with Texas. The Supreme Court could refuse to take the case for several reasons, including that the safe harbor deadline for states to certify their results and pick their electors has passed. It’s also unclear whether the justices would allow one state to sue another for how it enforces its laws. The high court requested a response from the defendant states by Thursday. The Electoral College vote is set for Monday.

Dig deeper: Read Kyle Ziemnick’s report in The Stew about what happens if no presidential candidate wins 270 Electoral College votes.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

@lmlangdon

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HANNAH.

And check this out: "Hammer and ScoreCard switch 19,958 votes live on TV from Trump to Biden in the Pennsylvania Presidential Race. At the 00:04 mark, the video shows Trump 1,690,589 and Biden 1,252,537. The video then cycles through Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan. It returns to Pennsylvania at the 00:40 mark. Trump now has 1,670,631 a loss of 19,958 votes and Biden is now at 1,272,495 after magically gaining the same amount."
Hammer and ScoreCard in action. 20 000 Votes flip live on TV from Trump to Biden (bitchute.com)

OldMike

If the election results are thrown out in certain states because election laws were broken, there is an issue of the voters being disenfranchised in those states.

And I agree that IF the election was "won" unfairly, it should be overturned. Allowing lawbreakers to win because we are afraid of what they might do only opens the gate for far more abuses. It makes us a nation where force and fear determine who rules, like Cuba or Venezuela or China, rather than a Nation where fair laws apply equally to all. Yes, I'm sure there will be riots. Rioters will have to be arrested and punished. 

Georganne

Allen, I don't "idolatrously follow Trump".  To be honest, his manner and his tweets turn me off.  But I am very concerned about following the Constitution.  If the Constitution is not the law of the land, then what is?  I also realize that overturning the apparent results of this election could cause all kinds of disruptions in this country including violence.  However, losing our constitution and losing our faith in the integrity of our electoral process could also cause very great disruptions and violence down the road.  There are no easy answers. 

Big Jim

This is a very interesting case. While I do not expect the US Supreme Court to change the election results, the suit does raise some very serious questions, some of which Georganne has pointed out. Simply, what happens if states "break the law" by changing election procedures in a way that is contrary to their own laws, their own state constitutions and/or the US Constitution?

If states are allowed to do this, what's the limit? Are we just making up things as we go along? When is the law the law? On the other hand, if we repudiate the election results (at least for the states in question) what's the remedy? A new election? Or the disenfranchisement of millions of voters in those states?

A very delicate issue. My guess is the US Supreme Court sidesteps the whole thing and makes up an excuse not to take the case. Which I think would be a shame because there are real issues here that need to be addressed.

Allen Johnson brings up some real concerns, although I must say that the cities have already been burning and it's the Left that has been doing it.

Tim Miller

I hope, for the sake of future elections, that this lawsuit is roundly repudiated by the Supreme Court. I think it's a dangerous precedent to have one state (or multiple states) try to overturn other states' election outcomes.

NEWS2ME

 'The Big One': Trump Vows to Intervene in Texas Election Case

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/12/09/the-big-one-trump-vows-to-intervene-in-texas-election-case-n2581276?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=12/09/2020&bcid=29dc675de62409b1c617eeaa32baf873&recip=19544178