AUSTIN (KXAN/WOOD) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed lawsuits in four battleground states Tuesday alleging the states “exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws.”
Paxton, a Republican, claims the states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — “flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballot while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.”
Paxton accuses the states of “violating statutes enacted by their duly elected legislatures, thereby violating the Constitution.”
Paxton is asking the Supreme Court to “step in to correct this egregious error.”
In those four states, Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election following certifications and recounts affirming original results.
In Georgia, officials have counted its presidential ballots three times, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he’ll certify the results again to reaffirm Biden’s victory in the state.
President Donald Trump also called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in an attempt to make Kemp appoint electors that would ignore the results and vote for him, but Kemp declined.
Wisconsin certified its results a week ago in favor of Biden, and a judge call a Trump campaign lawsuit to remand the election results to the Republican-controlled Legislature “bizarre.”
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s decision to stop certifying results. Biden won the state by more than 80,000 votes. Trump won the state in 2016.
In Michigan, Biden’s victory was certified Nov. 23. Trump’s campaign has already had lawsuits thrown out regarding baseless claims of voter fraud in the state.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement the lawsuit was a “publicity stunt.”
“The motion filed by the Texas Attorney General is a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading. The erosion of confidence in our democratic system isn’t attributable to the good people of Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia or Pennsylvania but rather to partisan officials, like Mr. Paxton, who place loyalty to a person over loyalty to their country. The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have already been thoroughly litigated and roundly rejected in both state and federal courts – by judges appointed from both political parties. Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of Attorney General and the people of the great state of Texas.”Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel
-News 8 contributed to this report.