President Donald Trump has a small army of legal masterminds across various swing states who are challenging a number of questionable election-related irregularities which caused him to lose states that he was otherwise confident in winning.
And that’s fantastic. Hopefully, they’ll continue to fight hard and expose any wrongdoing, though it will likely take some time to do so.
But it’s not just Trump’s personal lawyers who are attempting to make a difference in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. According to the Washington Examiner, a group of three residents in the hotly-contested state of Wisconsin have filed a federal lawsuit which, if they manage to win, will flip the state’s 10 electoral votes from Joe Biden to Trump.
At the crux of the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Green Bay, is the accusation that in three primarily Democratic counties; Milwaukee County, Dane County and Menominee County, the absentee voting process resulted in hundreds of thousands of “illegal votes.”
The argument that the votes were illegal rests on a term known as “indefinitely confined voters,” which allows voters who claim that status to essentially vote without requiring proof of identification. The term covers those who are indefinitely confined “because of age, physical illness, or disability.”
Last year, pre-COVID, the number of indefinitely confined voters in the aforementioned counties was around 72,000. In 2020, that number skyrocketed, with 242,000 residents claiming the medical status.
Officials in charges of the counties essentially allowed those with positive COVID cases to claim the status, thus allowing them to vote without showing identification. As expected, those decisions triggered harsh criticism from Republican leaders in the state and the issue was so high-profile that the Wisconsin Supreme Court eventually sided with Republicans on the issue.
However, even though a state Supreme Court ruling decided that those voters couldn’t vote without identification, those who had claimed the status during the presidential primaries somehow — conveniently — automatically received yet another ballot for the November election, without being required to show identification.
Other issues in the lawsuit raise questions about absentee ballot witness signatures and ballot witness’ addresses on the ballot envelopes.
“Election workers, overwhelmed by the sudden flood of mailed ballots, have less ability to carefully review them to screen out fraudulent ones, creating a substantial risk that fraudulent votes will be counted and vote-dilution disenfranchisement will occur,” part of the lawsuit read.
At the end of the day, if the lawsuit is successful, it would mean eliminating some 800,000 votes, which were all cast in counties that heavily vote for Biden, thus likely giving Trump a decisive lead to win the state. After all, Biden only won the state by a little over 20,000 votes.
Hopefully, the three Wisconsinites who mustered the fortitude to fight this battle in court will have success. I’m sure Trump appreciates their efforts as well.