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Trump campaign sues Wisconsin elections officials

Empower Wisconsin | Dec.2, 2020

MADISON — President Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking to toss out what it claims are more than 220,000 invalid ballots cast in the Badger State’s two biggest — and most liberal — counties. 

The court gave attorneys for Dane and Milwaukee counties until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to file responses to the allegations in the lawsuit, Trump v. Evers. 

The litigation follows a partial recount of the Wisconsin presidential election, which Democrat Joe Biden unofficially won by some 20,600 votes. It focused on Dane and Milwaukee counties, where there were multiple reports of irregularities and accusations of election fraud. 

Trump’s campaign alleges poll workers of “illegally altering absentee ballot envelopes” and “counting ballots that had no required application.” 

The lawsuit takes aim at the tens of thousands of voters who claimed “indefinite confinement” because of the coronavirus in obtaining absentee ballots without proper voter identification. And it accuses the city of Madison in particular of holding “illegal voting events” — the city’s Democracy in the Park  events that turned out thousands of absentee voters, thanks in part to promotional campaign ads from the Biden campaign. 

“During the recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties, we know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results. Wisconsin cannot allow the over three million legal ballots to be eroded by even a single illegal ballot,” said Jim Troupis, attorney for the campaign.“We will continue fighting on behalf of the American people to defend their right to a free and fair election by helping to restore integrity and transparency in our elections.”

Democrats cried voter disenfranchisement. 

Leftist Attorney General Josh Kaul in a statement claimed the lawsuit seeks to establish a “two-tiered system for votes cast in the presidential election, with citizens in two counties subject to disenfranchisement under much stricter rules than citizens in the rest of the state.” 

Trump and his supporters agree there is a difference between the rest of the state and two liberal counties that refuse to follow state elections law, placing their thumbs on the scales of free and fair elections.  

As Empower Wisconsin reported this week, several poll workers and observers at Milwaukee’s Central Count location on Election Day have filed notarized declarations describing misconduct of elections officials. 

The lawsuit includes four cases with “clear evidence of unlawfulness,” according to the Trump campaign.

One of the allegations hinges on the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s 2016 guidance that appears to break state law. Clerks were told to rely on their “personal knowledge” or unspecified “lists of databases at his or her disposal” in adding missing information on returned absentee ballots. State law requires such information to be corrected by the voter or the ballot cannot be counted. 

“As we have said from the very beginning of this process, we want all legal votes and only legal votes to be counted,” said Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and personal attorney to President Trump. “Americans must be able to trust in our election results, and we not stop until we can ensure voters once again have faith in our electoral process.” 

Read the lawsuit here.

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