Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that electors from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin should not be allowed to cast their votes because each of those states unconstitutionally changed their voting procedures to allow for increased mail-in voting, which ultimately led to Biden’s victory in each state.
The new voting process — not enacted by state legislatures, as required under the U.S. Constitution — skewed the presidential election results by allowing rampant voter fraud, Paxton argued.
“Their failure to abide by the rule of law casts a dark shadow of doubt over the outcome of the entire election,” Paxton said in a statement. “We now ask that the Supreme Court step in to correct this egregious error.”
Paxton asked the Supreme Court to delay the Electoral College’s meeting, which is set to take place on Dec. 14.
His 154-page complaint echoes many of the legal arguments being made by President Trump’s campaign.
Responding to Texas’s lawsuit, the other states dismissed Paxton’s allegations as a sham.
“The allegations in the lawsuit are false and irresponsible,” Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, said in a statement Tuesday. “Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel similarly wrote off Paxton’s concerns as a “publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading.”
“Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of Attorney General and the people of the great state of Texas,” she said.
Paxton, however, defended the lawsuit as a necessary step given the “rushed decisions” being made by local officials who refuse to listen to the American public.
“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,” he said.