Texas U.S. Supreme Court suit latest attempt to hand Trump win

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to throw out the presidential election results in Georgia and three other key states where President Donald Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Joe Ravi/ Wikimedia Commons

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Georgia and three other states in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the Nov. 3 election results that gave President-elect Joe Biden the most votes. 

    The suit charges Georgia’s state Election Board did not follow the law when it permitted poll workers to process absentee ballots two weeks before Election Day. It also says a consent decree settlement between the state Democratic Party and state election officials improperly circumvented the signature verification process for absentee ballots.

    While Georgia’s Republican Attorney General Chris Carr called Paxton’s lawsuit “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong,” those comments didn’t stop two GOP U.S. senators and 16 Georgia state senators from applauding the complaint.

    Republican U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue released a joint statement Tuesday night that argued in favor of the Texas suit.

    “The President has every right to use every legal recourse available to to guarantee these principles: every lawful vote cast should be counted, any illegal vote submitted cannot be counted,” the statement says.

    The statement from the state lawmakers claims election fraud.

    “This systemic failure to follow the law has allowed misconduct, fraud, and irregularities throughout the voting process of this state,” the senators said in a statement. “These failures and other fraudulent activities were brought to light at the hearing held in the Georgia State Senate Judiciary Subcommittee last week. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to accept this very important case submitted last night by the State of Texas.”

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a request from Pennsylvania Republicans trying to stop the state from giving final approval to Biden’s win. Trump’s allies claimed an expansion of mail-in voting this election was illegal. The Supreme Court took half an hour to unanimously reject the suit.   

    Also awaiting a hearing is a suit filed in Fulton County by GOP Party Chair David Shafer that alleges that tens of thousands of votes were cast illegally in the Nov. 3 election. 

    Two other Georgia lawsuits that are under appeal after being dismissed Monday include a filing by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell seeking to overturn Georgia’s election results and a complaint from Atlanta attorney Lin Wood seeking to block election certification. The suits have in common a wide variety of baseless claims of election fraud.

    So far, courts across the country have rejected about 50 lawsuits charging a variety of fraudulent conduct in the 2020 presidential election, or they’ve been dropped.

    Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced last week that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping investigate about 250 election-related complaints, most of which are tied to the Nov. 3 general election.

    Stanley Dunlap
    Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.