President Donald Trump’s campaign team will file a lawsuit to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday. The team is alleging abuse of the process of absentee voting in the state, which according to them affected up to 220,000 votes.
The lawsuit follows Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers certifying Biden’s victory Monday night after Wisconsin completed its partial recount which still claims that former vice president Joe Biden won the presidential election.
Former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Jim Troupis is leading the President Trump campaign’s Wisconsin legal team, and he told newsmen that even though the recount in the state did not flip result in Trump’s favor, it gave the campaign the “unique ability” to examine ballots.
“Exposing exactly how the election processes were abused in Wisconsin holds enormous value for this election beyond a victory for President Trump, but the fact is, our state’s electoral votes likely won’t change the overall outcome. Regardless, we’re demonstrating that the results of this election unequivocally ought to be questioned,” Troupis said.
The suit which will be filed Tuesday highlights “a lack of transparency and credibility on part of local election officials and their willful disregard of the law on multiple occasions” and added that the state’s laws and processes gave it the “unique ability” to “illustrate this abuse with precision.”
The campaign team pointed out that officials on the Wisconsin Election Commission and the City Clerks of Milwaukee and Madison, “willfully disregarded the current statute and made conscious efforts to circumvent Wisconsin election law, resulting in tens of thousands of votes cast, well outside of the bounds of Wisconsin law.”
The suit also projects that the law was violated, “on several occasions” through what could be called altered-certification absentee ballot envelopes, a lack of required absentee ballot applications, unlawful claims of indefinite confinement, and voting events called “Democracy in the Park.”
Wisconsin law requires that written absentee ballot request forms must be submitted before a voter casts their absentee ballot, but the Trump campaign says that election officials, instead, “accepted ballots without the required absentee applications on file.”
A Trump campaign official said, “The Wisconsin State Legislature has explicitly required an application. mandatory and any ballots without an application or with an incomplete application are not to be counted.” while adding that, “ballots cast without the initial absentee ballot applications on file must be called into question.”
The suit also did not neglect Wisconsin law which requires any ballots that are incorrectly filled out, missing information, or damage to be duly returned to the voter to correct and resubmit, while adding that municipal clerks were “illegally altering ballot envelopes themselves.”
“In many instances, witness addresses were left off of the envelopes, and clerks, using their own knowledge or searching in unknown databases, filled in the information themselves. According to the statute, this is illegal,” they added.
They also said clearly that, “If the certificate or envelope is missing a witness address, the ballot cannot be counted until the voter corrects the error, plain and simple. Instead, election officials decided to take the law into their own hands.”
In stating clearly their case, the Trump campaign team said, “These ballots were fraudulently completed and counted, and the illegal ballots should not count toward the certified vote totals.” while adding that voters were “fraudulently allowed by election officials to circumvent voter ID laws by claiming absentee voting status that, under state law, was only to be used for voters who are “indefinitely confined.”
Truly, the status of “indefinite confinement” in Wisconsin is meant for voters who are “physically ill, infirm, disabled or elderly” and for those who are unable to vote in person under those terms.” According to the campaign, Democrats projected confusion and misinformation amid the coronavirus pandemic, as a result, many voters requested that status “even though they definitely were not confined.”
According to the officials, “this allowed voters to abuse the status to vote without providing identification, as required by law”.