Seventeen red states have banded together in support of a lawsuit initiated by Texas against four key battleground states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, for violating election laws.
The GOP Times reported earlier today that the Attorney General of Arkansas pledged to support the Texas lawsuit. Now, Missouri has led the charge with an official document, bringing seventeen red states in total to sign on. The document has been filed with the Supreme Court.
According to the Daily Wire, “Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia joined with Missouri to file an amicus brief supporting Texas.”
The purpose of the lawsuit is to prevent the four battleground states from voting in the Electoral College, and asserts that the elections in these states were illegitimate because they violated election laws in the process.
“First, the States have a strong interest in safeguarding the separation of powers among state actors in the regulation of Presidential elections. Second, amici States have a strong interest in ensuring that the votes of their own citizens are not diluted by the unconstitutional administration of elections in other States. When non-legislative actors in other States encroach on the authority of the ‘Legislature thereof’ in that State to administer a Presidential election, they threaten the liberty, not just of their own citizens, but of every citizen of the United States who casts a lawful ballot in that election—including the citizens of amici States,” the amicus reads.
“Third, for similar reasons, amici States have a strong interest in safeguarding against fraud in voting by mail during Presidential elections,” the filing continues.
On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced his support for the lawsuit, indicating that the federal government plans to join these red states in supporting the lawsuit.
“We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” Trump said in a tweet.
We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2020
The lawsuit was officially filed on Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The Supreme Court has ordered each of the four states to respond to the suit by Thursday.
“Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the States in this Union together. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election. The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution,” Paxton said in a statement.
“By ignoring both state and federal law, these states have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but of Texas and every other state that held lawful elections. Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election. We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error,” he added.
“Elections for federal office must comport with federal constitutional standards. For presidential elections, each state must appoint its electors to the electoral college in a manner that complies with the Constitution. The Electors Clause requirement that only state legislatures may set the rules governing the appointment of electors and elections and cannot be delegated to local officials. The majority of the rushed decisions, made by local officials, were not approved by the state legislatures, thereby circumventing the Constitution,” Paxton continued.