BREAKING: Texas Files Suit Contesting Election Results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the deadline for appointing electors in several battleground states. In the filing, Paxton claims that changes to election procedures in those states due to the COVID-19 pandemic violated federal law.

Legal experts are already calling the suit a longshot – with University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck tweeting, “It looks like we have a new leader in the ‘craziest lawsuit filed to purportedly challenge the election’ category,” and saying that “The Court is never going to hear this one.”

The filing cites Justice Neil Gorsuch’s statement in the recent Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo case saying “Government is not free to disregard the [Constitution] in times of crisis. … Yet recently, during the COVID pandemic, certain States seem to have ignored these long-settled principles.” According to Paxton, officials in the named states violated constitutional guidelines when announcing new rules for the 2020 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suit reads like a repeat of the majority of dismissed lawsuits brought in battleground states by the Trump administration: ballot dropbox security, mail-in ballots, and widespread voter fraud (a claim that even U.S. Attorney General William Barr has dismissed as unfounded) all make an appearance. In addition, Paxton targets Dominion Voting Systems after Friday’s ruling in Michigan gave Trump’s legal team permission to examine two dozen electronic voting machines in Antrim County.

As a Trump political ally, Paxton has previously filed suits in line with Trump administration interests, including challenging the Affordable Care Act. Paxton has also been under indictment since 2015 on felony securities fraud charges and is currently facing new charges from several of his top deputies claiming he used the Texas Attorney General’s office to do favors for political donors.

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