The Texas AG filed a lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court against Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Michigan. According to Article III of the Constitution, disputes between states can be settled directly at the Supreme Court. Attorney General Ken Paxton believes the battleground states violated the Constitution.
The argument is that these four states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they changed the rules for the 2020 election by going around the legislatures in those states. Changes in voting rules are only to be done by the legislature, not by other methods. They also allege in the lawsuit that because of the way the elections were conducted, voting irregularities resulted.
Texas argues that these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or through executive actions, but not through the state legislatures. Additionally, Texas argues that there were differences in voting rules and procedures in different counties within the states, violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Finally, Texas argues that there were “voting irregularities” in these states as a result of the above.Breitbart
Certain officials in the Defendant States presented the pandemic as the justification for ignoring state laws regarding absentee and mail-in voting. The Defendant States flooded their citizenry with tens of millions of ballot applications and ballots in derogation of statutory controls as to how they are lawfully received, evaluated, and counted. Whether well intentioned or not, these unconstitutional acts had the same uniform effect—they made the 2020 election less secure in the Defendant States. Those changes are inconsistent with relevant state laws and were made by non-legislative entities, without any consent by the state legislatures. The acts of these officials thus directly violated the Constitution…
…This case presents a question of law: Did the Defendant States violate the Electors Clause by taking non-legislative actions to change the election rules that would govern the appointment of presidential electors? These non-legislative changes to the Defendant States’ election laws facilitated the casting and counting of ballots in violation of state law, which, in turn, violated the Electors Clause of Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution. By these unlawful acts, the Defendant States have not only tainted the integrity of their own citizens’ vote, but their actions have also debased the votes of citizens in Plaintiff State and other States that remained loyal to the Constitution.Lawsuit via Breitbart
The Texas AG filed the lawsuit in hopes that the court will allow the legislatures in those states to choose electors.
“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…
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.” Texas AG Ken PaxtonThe Daily Wire
The Texas AG filed the lawsuit that alleges the states violated the Constitution by their actions. Ken Paxton is known for liking a “good fight.” He’s got one now.
Featured photo: Screenshot of Texas AG Ken Paxton via CBS news
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