The state of Texas, in an attempt to help President Donald Trump reconsider the election results, announced on Tuesday a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the US Supreme Court, in which the changes made by these states in the electoral procedures in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic were named illegal.
The lawsuit, which was announced by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is filed directly with the Supreme Court, as resolved in some cases when disputes arise between states.
Recall that after a series of appointments by President Trump, judges of conservative convictions have a majority in the Supreme Court: six to three.
In the lawsuit filed, the Texas Republican authorities accuse the electoral bodies of four states of failing to prevent fraudulent mail-order voting, which, the document emphasizes, reduces the weight of votes cast in those states under the law.
State electoral officials said they found no evidence of voting fraud that could alter election results.
The increase in mail-order voting is attributed to the pandemic, in which many Americans did not go directly to polling stations for fear of infection.
Texas has asked the Supreme Court to block electoral votes from four states. In total, we are talking about 62 votes.
Recall that Biden has 306 electoral votes (that is, more than 270 required), while Trump has 232. According to the results of the popular vote, Biden is ahead of the incumbent president by more than 7 million votes.
Texas is also asking the Supreme Court to postpone the Dec. 14 Electoral College vote.
Paul Smith, professor of law at Georgetown University, said Texas had no legal basis to file such a claim.
“It’s impossible for the state of Texas to have reason to complain about how votes are counted in other states and how the vote is being summed up,” Smith said.
Trump’s campaign headquarters and his allies have already filed lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and other states, but have not been successful. At the same time, they made unconfirmed allegations of election fraud. Trump lost elections in these states, although he won them in 2016.
The Supreme Court is not obliged to hold a hearing in this case. According to his earlier decisions, the resolution of disputes between the states must be carried out by the lower courts.