Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Dec. 2 against four battleground states for disregarding election laws by using the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification.
The four states in question are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia where they unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes, the lawsuit claimed.
In a released statement to the public, Paxton said trusting in our election processes’ integrity is sacrosanct and binds our citizenry and the states in this Union together. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia compromised the 2020 election, he said.
“With all due respect, the Texas Attorney General is constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia,” spokeswoman Katie Byrd said in a statement.
“The states violated statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution,” he said. “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.”
The 51st Attorney General of Texas filed papers and claimed states unlawfully enacted adjustments altering the results of the general election.
“All these flaws – even the violations of state election law – violate one or more of the federal requirements for elections (i.e., equal protection, due process, and the Electors Clause) and thus arise under federal law. See Bush v Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 113 (2000) (“significant departure from the legislative scheme for appointing Presidential electors presents a federal constitutional question”) (Rehnquist, C.J., concurring). Plaintiff State respectfully submits that the foregoing types of electoral irregularities exceed the hanging-chad saga of the 2000 election in their degree of departure from both state and federal law. Moreover, these flaws cumulatively preclude knowing who legitimately won the 2020 election and threaten to cloud all future elections.”
The preponderance of the rushed decisions made by local government was not “approved by the state legislatures, thereby circumventing the Constitution,” the lawsuit urged.
The lawsuit also asks for an extension of the Dec. 14 deadline for defendant states’ certification of presidential electors so investigations can be completed.