The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected President
A majority of the court’s judges on Thursday ruled state law requires election challenges to start in lower courts, where crucial factual and legal disputes can be hashed out first. Sticking with “time-tested judicial norms” is especially important in high-profile cases, the judges said.
“I understand the impulse to immediately address the legal questions presented by this petition to ensure the recently completed election was conducted in accordance with the law,” Justice
The Trump campaign said it intended to re-file the case immediately in lower courts and said it welcomed the ruling. “It was clear from their writings that the court recognizes the seriousness of these issues, and we look forward to taking the next step,” Jim Troupis, a lawyer for the campaign, said.
Despite ongoing allegations of voter fraud and irregularities from Trump and his supporters, no evidence has emerged of widespread problems that would have changed the results of the election, which President-elect
The state Supreme Court decision comes a day after Trump and his campaign started a parallel federal lawsuit over the use of mail-in ballots. The state-court suit alleges Wisconsin officials in Democratic-leaning Milwaukee and Dane counties failed to follow proper procedure for issuing mail-in ballots and also accepted tens of thousands that should have been rejected based on various errors. Biden won Wisconsin by around 20,000 votes.
Evers, a Democrat, had asked the state’s high court on Tuesday to reject Trump’s application, accusing the president of trying to “seize” Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes through bogus litigation focusing on “alleged technical violations in only two counties.”
In a dissenting opinion, Justice
In the federal case, which is still in an early stage, Trump and his campaign are challenging the state’s entire procedure for mail-in-ballots and asking that the election’s outcome be determined by legislators instead of voters.
(Updates with comment from the Trump campaign.)
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