Texas vs. Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania
The Legal Battle-lines are drawn in the most pivotal Supreme Court case of of our time. Texas vs. Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania. As of this publication a total of 19 states have joined in amici curiae or “friends of the court” briefs in support of Texas’ legal arguments and 6 states have intervened as plaintiffs.
The Map above was generated based upon the information below on 270towin.com based upon the electoral college values of the states in question. States supporting the Texas suit are in Red, those opposing in Blue, the Defendant States are in gold and undecided or neutral States are in grey.
106 Republican Members of the US House of Representatives have also joined filed amicus briefs supporting the suit led by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA).
Proud to lead over 100 of my colleagues in filing an amicus brief to express our concern with the integrity of the 2020 election–& our election system in the future. We believe this suit filed by Texas, supported by 17 other states, merits full & careful consideration by SCOTUS. pic.twitter.com/ZKpP8XFl1C
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) December 11, 2020
The Neutral States
The state of Ohio has filed an amicus brief in support of “neither party”. Attorney General Dave Yost wrote,
“Although Ohio does not endorse Texas’s proposed relief, it does endorse its call for a ruling on the meaning of the Electors Clause. More precisely, Ohio urges the Court to decide, at the earliest available opportunity, whether state courts and state executive actors violate the Electors Clause when they change the rules by which presidential elections are run.”
Iowa Governor Reynolds has denied her Attorney General permission to file an amicus in support of Texas due to her own views of the election, a move that will likely damage her political future. She told KCRG,
“I have denied Attorney General Tom Miller’s request to join an amicus brief that supports the defendants in the Texas lawsuit.
While not given the opportunity, I would have requested that Iowa officially join in support of the lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General.
As I have said all along, President Trump, his campaign, and supporters have every right to pursue lawful, legal actions in the courts.
The American people deserve a fair and transparent election.”
In Idaho, the situation was reversed, with the Governor Brad Little stating that he supports the Idaho Republican Party in backing the Texas lawsuit and the Attorney General opposing it. Republican AG Lawrence Wasden in a statement said the decision is necessary to protect Idaho’s sovereignty. US News reported
“As attorney general, I have significant concerns about supporting a legal argument that could result in other states litigating against legal decisions made by Idaho’s legislature and governor,” Wasden wrote. “Idaho is a sovereign state and should be free to govern itself without interference from any other state. Likewise, Idaho should respect the sovereignty of its sister states.”
Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon announced they will not join the suit based upon the grounds of states’ sovereignty, according to kentucky.com
“After significant consideration we believe that the case could have unintended consequences relating to a constitutional principle that the state of Wyoming holds dear — that states are sovereign, free to govern themselves,” Gordon said in a statement.
Wyoming supports Texas’ right to raise issues involving the U.S. Constitution, and President Donald Trump has a right to bring electoral issues for resolution in the U.S. judicial system, Gordon said.
The Battle-Lines List of Texas vs. Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania
The listing below was initially created on thedonald.win by user NaturalBornTexan. We have added hyperlinks to either the legal text of each response or a story relating to it if the text is unavailable. This listing is not exhaustive and will be edited as the story develops.
(*States that have intervened as plaintiffs)
- South Carolina*
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Intervening Parties for the Plaintiff
- Donald J. Trump in his personal capacity as candidate.
- Michigan State Legislators
- PA State Legislators
- PA Voters
- Dr. Linda Lee Tarver
- Amistad Project / Thomas More Society
Supporting Parties / Amici Curiae:
- Constitutional Attorneys
- PA General Assembly
- PA State Senators
- Christian Family Coalition
- PA Speaker and Majority Leader
- 106 U.S. House Reps
- Arizona State Legislators
- Idaho State Legislators
- Idaho Lt. Governor
- Freedom Fund
- GA State Legislators
- Lin Wood
States Supporting Defendants Georgia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania in Amici Curiae:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
Territories Supporting Defendents:
This situation was alluded to in comments from Rush Limbaugh December 9th.
It’s worth restating: To follow this situation to it’s logical conclusion, we could see a withdrawal of congressional delegations and even the establishment of an opposition government or secession, if the Supreme Court should refuse to hear the case, or rule against the plaintiff states. Only time will tell if this divide evolves from a political one, to a physical one.
Updates: This story was initially published listing “Washington” instead of “Wisconsin” and “Minnesota” instead of “Michigan” as plaintiffs, this has been corrected.