Madison, Wisconsin – President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn Wisconsin’s election results by nullifying only the votes of the state’s most democratic counties constitute “an assault on democracy,” said representatives of the governor.
Attorneys for Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, made the appraisal by filing documents with the Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday night.
Trump and his associates asked the court to discard more than 221,000 votes in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump in those counties by a 2-1 margin and across the state by 20,682 votes.
Trump has not questioned the votes of any of the state’s other counties, most of which he won. So far, Trump’s efforts to overturn election results in other states have failed.
In Wisconsin, Trump bypassed the lower courts and went straight to the highest court, arguing that there is no time for a normal process since the date of December 14 is approaching, when the Electoral College meets and the delegation Wisconsin will have to certify its 10 electoral votes.
The supreme court could refuse to hear the case and send it to the lower courts, which would effectively leave the matter closed, or it could hear the case and issue its ruling later. It could also render a ruling based solely on the written arguments.
Evers’s lawyers urged the court to refuse to accept the case, insisting that the proper instance is in the lower courts.
Trump’s lawsuit “seeks nothing less than to violate the will of nearly 3.3 million Wisconsinites,” the attorneys said.
“It is an astonishing and horrifying assault on our democracy … it is an attempt to seize the electoral votes of Wisconsin despite the fact that it lost the election in the state,” they added.
The Trump litigation echoes allegations made in the vote counts in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Requires discarding 170,140 votes cast in person preliminarily on the grounds that there was no formal written request for such ballots; 28,395 votes sent by people who declared themselves unable to leave their homes; 17,271 votes collected by poll workers in Madison parks and 5,517 votes where poll workers filled in empty boxes in envelopes.