Trump campaign plans WI lawsuit, alleging 220,000 ballots illegally cast in "abuse" of absentee voting

by Laura Mize · Dec 1st, 2020 10:27 am

Last Updated Dec 3rd, 2020 at 9:45 pm

The Trump campaign says it will file a lawsuit Tuesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, detailing what it calls "abuse" of absentee voting and alleging that 220,000 ballots were illegally cast in the state's November 3 election.

Wisconsin recently finished the partial recount requested by the campaign. Gov. Tony Evers certified the election results on Monday, naming former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner.

Trump campaign attorney Jim Troupis, a former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, told Fox News the recount allowed the Trump campaign to examine ballots and brought election abuse to light.

"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," he said. "Regardless, we're demonstrating that the results of this election unequivocally ought to be questioned."

The Trump campaign legal team in the state alleges that state election officials and the city clerks in Madison and Milwaukee "willfully disregarded the current statute and made conscious efforts to circumvent Wisconsin election law." The results, the campaign says, is that tens of thousands of ballots cast were done so "well outside of the bounds of Wisconsin law."

One type of alleged abuse was Madison, Wisconsin, collaborating with the Biden campaign to draw voters to "Democracy in the Park" events, where ballots were collected outside legal polling places in more than 200 unofficial polling locations.

The campaign also claims that local clerks were "illegally altering ballot envelopes," instead of contacting voters to provide missing information as the law requires. It also alleges that absentee ballots were provided to voters without the legally required written application, that Democratic election officials spread false information about Wisconsin law's provision that an absentee ballot can be granted in cases where a voter is "indefinitely confined," and that many people fraudulently obtained ballots under this provision, which were then counted without confirmation of the voter's confinement.

"I've been doing this for 40 years, representing plenty of Democrats and Republicans, and I will not back down when it comes to upholding the law or protecting the integrity of our elections," Troupis said. "We, as good lawyers, don't back down, and if we do, our republic is done."


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