December 10, 2020

21 States Join to Fight for Election Integrity

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

The state of Texas sued Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin for their actions in the Presidential Election. Twenty other states have joined to fight for election integrity in the U.S. Supreme Court, despite wide opposition from the media, the federal courts, and the Left.  

The Background:

The state of Texas brought a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that the Secretaries of State in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin changed their election laws concerning mail-in ballots without the consent of the legislature, therefore casting many invalid ballots in the election.  The state of Texas claims that voting irregularities were caused exclusively by lax ballot rules in the election, under the pretense of acting according to Covid-19 safety protocol. The Texas Tribune writes that “[Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton] claims that pandemic-era changes to election procedures in those states violated federal law and asks the U.S. Supreme Court to block the states from voting in the Electoral College.”

Twenty states have joined the state of Texas, as has President Donald Trump. The states suing before the U.S. Supreme Court include Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, West Virginia, and Florida. AG Eric Schmitt of Missouri led the filing of an amicus brief that sided with Texas’s lawsuit. According to the National File, “42% of America [is suing] 8% of America.” 

According to the Texas Tribune, Trump has asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to argue the case before the Supreme Court. Critics claim that the lawsuit is a publicity stunt, but many hope that it will bring light on the widespread voter fraud that seems to have occurred in numerous states. 

Notable Quotes:

“[The states] exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results.” - AG Ken Paxton, Texas

“Our Country is deeply divided in ways that it arguably has not been seen since the election of 1860. There is a high level of distrust between the opposing sides, compounded by the fact that, in the election just held, election officials in key swing states, for apparently partisan advantage, failed to conduct their state elections in compliance with state election law." - President Trump

What do you think?