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Texas AG Dragged for Filing Lawsuit With the Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results in Four Other States

Texas AG Dragged for Filing Lawsuit With the Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results in Four Other States
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In a last-ditch effort to secure another four years for Trump despite the will of the people, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a suit on behalf of his state against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—all of which went to Biden in the 2020 election.

Paxton argues that pandemic-induced changes to election procedures in the face of the pandemic—such as the expansion of mail-in voting—were a violation of federal law and allowed voter fraud to occur.

The oft-repeated claim that widespread voter fraud coordinated by Democrats tipped the election to Biden is false.

Trump's own Attorney General, William Barr, said that the Justice Department could not find evidence of fraud massive enough to change the outcome of the election. Lawyers arguing on behalf of Trump since the election have lost over 50 cases in court.

Republican and Democratic local leaders have emphatically denied claims of fraud or foul play. Trump's own 2018 commission on voter fraud disbanded because there was no evidence of large-scale fraud.

Because the suit is between states, it's filed directly with the Supreme Court.

Officials in the states targeted by the lawsuit decried the effort in no uncertain terms, with the office of Republican Secretary of State replying:

"With all due respect, the Texas Attorney General is constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia."

Michigan Secretary of State Dana Nessel was even more emphatic:

"The motion filed by the Texas Attorney General is a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading. The erosion of confidence in our democratic system isn't attributable to the good people of Michigan ... but rather to partisan officials like Mr. Paxton."

Experts think the case is far too flimsy for even a conservative Court to consider.

The prospects look especially grim with the news that the Supreme Court declined to hear a case from Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) who sought to revoke the certification of Biden's victory in Pennsylvania.

Many right-wing Twitter personalities said the Kelly case against Pennsylvania was only denied because the Supreme Court had agreed to hear the Texas case.

In reality, the Texas case was only added to the docket—a formality that creates a public record of the filing. The Supreme Court has not yet issued or denied standing to the case filed by Texas.