The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in Battlefield State, ending Trump’s legal challenges in state court for about one hour before the Electoral College convened to vote the state’s 10 votes for Biden.
The court held arguments in the case on Saturday, the same day a federal judge dismissed another lawsuit by Trump seeking to overturn his loss in Wisconsin. Trump has appealed the decision.
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The president has sought to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties, the two most democratic counties in the state. In a 4-3 decision, Judge Brian Hagedorn, a Conservative majority editor, said the Trump campaign was “not entitled to the relief it was seeking.”
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Hagedorn used a sports analogy when speaking out against Trump, saying he waited too long to file a complaint.
“Our laws allow the flag to be raised against various aspects of election administration,” Hagedorn wrote. “The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last game or even the last game; the campaign questions the regulations adopted before the start of the season. ”
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Trump wanted to disqualify mail-in ballots cast early and in person, saying there was no proper written request for the ballots; the postal ballots of persons claiming “indefinite detention” status; absentee ballots collected by Madison Parks election officials; and postal ballots where the clerks filled in the missing information on the ballot envelopes.
The court ruled that Trump’s challenge to voters who were incarcerated indefinitely was without merit and that the other demands had come too late.
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Liberal Justices Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky, who sided with Hagedorn, wrote separately to point out that there was no evidence of fraud in the Wisconsin election.
“Voters in Wisconsin have complied with the electoral rules,” said Dallet and Karofksy. “No sanctions were imposed and the final score is the result of a free and fair election.”
Karofsky criticized Trump’s case at Saturday’s hearing, saying it “smacked of racism” and was “not American.” Conservative judges have expressed some concerns about the way some ballots were cast, while questioning whether they could or should disqualify votes in only two counties.
Biden won Wisconsin by about 20,600 votes, a 0.6% margin that withstood a recount requested by Trump in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the two with the most Democratic votes. Trump has not challenged any ballots filed in the counties he won.
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Trump and his allies have suffered dozens of defeats in Wisconsin and across the country in lawsuits based on unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud and abuse.
On Friday, the United States Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit in Texas seeking to overturn Biden’s victory by rejecting millions of votes in four battlefield states, including Wisconsin.
Also on Saturday, former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a federal case it lost in Wisconsin seeking to order the legislature controlled by the GOP to declare Trump the winner. Powell has also lost similar cases in Georgia and Arizona.
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