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Besides Missouri, the states joining Texas were: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia. All of the states were represented by Republican officials on the record. All but three of the states have Republican governors.
Trump falsely claimed he was reelected and made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud. State-level election officials said they found no evidence of such fraud.
Officials in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin called the lawsuit a reckless attack on democracy. It was filed directly with the Supreme Court rather than a lower court, as is permitted in some interstate disputes.
The New York Times, citing an anonymous source familiar with the discussion, reported that Trump had asked Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, to argue the case if the Supreme Court agreed to hear him.
“Both procedurally and substantively, this is a mess,” Justin Levitt, professor of electoral law at Loyola Law School in California, said of the Texas trial. “There is no way the court will agree to take the case.”
The Texas lawsuit argued that changes made by the four states to voting procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic to expand postal voting were illegal. Texas has asked the Supreme Court to immediately prevent the four states from using the voting results to nominate presidential voters to the Electoral College.