The lawsuit is demanding that a federal court drastically change the presidential selection process in Wisconsin.
Republicans in Wisconsin have asked a federal judge to prevent the state from confirming its election results.
The request, The Associated Press says, comes even though Wisconsin has already started an intensive recount.
The AP notes that the lawsuit is similar to another complaint filed by the Trump campaign. In the campaign’s case, the president’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to reject tens of thousands of ballot papers, citing unspecified “irregularities” in the voting record and on the voting lists.
However, the latest lawsuit goes a step further and seeks to delegate the power to nominate presidential voters to Wisconsin state legislature.
Under current state law, political parties are allowed to choose their own voters – a process that was carried out and completed in October. Once the recount is complete, the same voters will cast their votes for the winner of the presidential election.
According to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, the lawsuit is effectively trying to override the long-standing agreement that both parties cast votes for the winner. With the Republican-controlled legislature allowing voters to vote, plaintiffs likely believe that there is a greater likelihood that the referendum can be overridden in President Trump’s favor.
“The litigation filed this afternoon aims to exclude any Wisconsinite who voted in this year’s residential elections from the right to vote,” Kaul said. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice will ensure that the Wisconsin presidential election is selected based on the will of the more than 3 million Wisconsin voters who have cast a vote.”
Drain the swamp shield that was exhibited at a MAGA rally in 2018. Photo by Charlotte Cuthbertson / The Epoch Times. CC BY 2.0
Wisconsin’s vote is expected to be confirmed on December 1st.
The lawsuit, The Associated Press added, was brought by attorney Erick Kaardal.
Kaardal, a former Minnesota Republican Party official, represents a conservative pressure group called the Wisconsin Voters Alliance along with a number of individual Wisconsin voters.
The Associated Press says Kaardal drew some attention earlier this year when he filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to try to get rapper Kanye West to run for the Wisconsin election. Aside from celebrity politics, Kaardal has also been involved in other controversial legal disputes.
In October, for example, Kaardal asked a federal court to prevent five “highly democratic” cities from receiving an estimated $ 6.3 million in grants and funding from the Center for Technology and Civic Life, a Chicago-based nonprofit, which is largely funded by the Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
WBAY.com notes that efforts like Kaardal and the Trump campaign have been going on in the United States for weeks. The Trump campaign alone has filed more than 30 lawsuits attempting to halt the number of ballots or to discard legal votes. There are currently another 10 lawsuits filed by various right-wing agencies trying to prevent certification in battlefield states.
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