A Number of States Join Brief in Support of Texas Election Lawsuit

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Posted: Dec 09, 2020 8:00 PM
A Number of States Join Brief in Support of Texas Election Lawsuit

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A number of states have joined a brief in support of a Texas lawsuit against four battleground states surrounding changes made to election laws in the run-up to the November election.

A group of 17 states filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of a Texas lawsuit over election changes made in the battleground states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The lawsuit aims to delay the appointment of presidential electors from the defendant states.  

The states joining the amicus brief include Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia, Fox News reported.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich also announced that his state was asking the Supreme Court to allow Arizona to file a brief, calling the issue of election integrity important and asking the court to decide the case quickly. 

President Trump also filed a motion on Tuesday to intervene in the challenge. 

"Donald J. Trump, in his personal capacity as candidate for re-election as President of the United States, today moved to intervene in the Texas v. Pennsylvania et. al. action at the United States Supreme Court," the Trump campaign announced in a statement. "The President intervened because his rights as a candidate are affected by the Defendant States' failure to follow and enforce state elections laws during the 2020 election."

The Texas suit argues that four states -- Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania -- "exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election," reads a press release announcing the lawsuit. 

The Texas attorney general claims that changes made to election laws are inconsistent with relevant state laws and violate the U.S. Constitution since the changes were made by non-legislative entities.