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Trump campaign challenges election results in Wisconsin Supreme Court

PoliticsDec 01, 2020 07:15PM ET
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© Reuters. A supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump waves a "Trump 2020" flag in Madison

By Makini Brice and Tom Hals

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign filed a petition on Tuesday challenging Wisconsin's presidential vote results with the state's supreme court, the latest in a series of so-far unsuccessful attempts to reverse Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election.

The petition was submitted as Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

The Republican's campaign and his supporters' efforts have sputtered in challenges to Biden victories in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, even with a judiciary reshaped by the president.

The petition alleges that Wisconsin election officials were directed to fill in missing information on ballot envelopes, issued absentee ballots without receiving applications and allowed people to improperly claim a "confined" absentee voting status.

The petition takes issue with election officials in Madison hosting an event where officials collected and checked ballots in city parks, not polling stations.

On Monday, Wisconsin certified Biden as winner of the state. The campaign is seeking withdrawal of that certification.

Election law experts said the case might have better chances than other recent lawsuits but the court is highly unlikely to grant the campaign's request to invalidate 221,323 absentee ballots. Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,000 votes.

The court's conservative majority might find that some election rules were broken but it also might determine it can't penalize voters because state officials made procedural mistakes, said Ned Foley of Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Even if successful, the campaign would still need to overturn the results in several other states. Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said Trump’s legal challenges have been “a fundraising juggernaut,” providing a motive for filing long-shot cases.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Supreme Court said there was no timeline for deciding to take the case.

Also on Tuesday, a Republican member of Congress, Mike Kelly, and other Republican plaintiffs said they asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Saturday ruling by Pennsylvania's high court dismissing their case. They had sought to nullify Pennsylvania's certification of Biden's victory.

Alan Ball (NYSE:BLL), a professor at Marquette University who studies the Wisconsin Supreme Court, said the justices were unlikely to side with Trump given that it seems obvious Biden won the election. "It's hard to imagine that the court would relish jumping into something this futile now."

Trump campaign challenges election results in Wisconsin Supreme Court
 

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Stella Stella
Stella Stella Dec 02, 2020 10:47AM ET
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Losers! no wonder the biggest loser keeps saying he won.
Vincent Sheu
ShaneS Dec 02, 2020 12:33AM ET
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It is just another fundraising event for Trump. People are so gullible to be scammed.
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Dec 01, 2020 11:05PM ET
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Its all on video, slam dunk in most states once it gets pushed beyond activist Obama benches. How about project veritas releasing 2 months worth of CNN internal meeting audio. Lol. Democrat sychophants wont care they are proven to be fed slanted trash...as long as it tickles their ears.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 01, 2020 11:05PM ET
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".....slam dunk in most states once it gets pushed beyond activist Obama benches."  ---  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/federal-appeals-court-dismisses-trump-campaign-lawsuit-pennsylvania-voting-procedures  ------  "......a panel of federal appeals judges in Pennsylvania dismissed the campaign's lawsuit over alleged voter fraud in the presidential election..............The three judges on the panel were all appointed by Republican presidents.   “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, wrote in his ruling.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 01, 2020 11:05PM ET
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and note the news article is from FoxNews, and they added this little gem at the end............"Giuliani held a public hearing alongside Trump on Wednesday and alleged that Republicans were denied the opportunity to observe the canvassing process, with Trump claiming they have "hundreds and hundreds of affidavits" of witnesses' personal stories to back their argument up.   However, the so-called proof has not been presented during numerous court hearings, with judges repeatedly ruling against the Trump campaign."
Jesse Mulliniks
Jesse Mulliniks Dec 01, 2020 7:30PM ET
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Lol is this still going on?
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Me comment Dec 01, 2020 3:29PM ET
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Another five minute decision to come barating Trump for bring anothersuit with no evidence before a court. Just like all the other baseless cases so far.
Robert valdez
Robert valdez Dec 01, 2020 1:08PM ET
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These People still going at it !?!?!? 🤦🏽‍♂️ delusion at its finest
Raksaksa Tonne
Raksaksa Tonne Dec 01, 2020 12:33PM ET
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Trump can sure make people into mindless zealots. He can be a televangelist after Jan 21.
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Well he already thinks he is God.
ravi shastri
ravi shastri Dec 01, 2020 12:33PM ET
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Yes. Like falwell he is cery well qualified !
Gary Weiss
Gary Weiss Dec 01, 2020 12:09PM ET
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Republicans can't comprehend that they lost fairly
Green Sprats
Green Sprats Dec 01, 2020 11:41AM ET
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I wonder how many Republicans voted by mail and in person as Trump suggested?
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Dec 01, 2020 11:20AM ET
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They arent even carrying American flags anymore, just Trump flags. History attempts to repeat itself.
 
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