Trump’s campaign on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s presidential election by throwing out hundreds of thousands of ballots in its two most Democratic-leaning counties and potentially overturning Biden’s victory in the state.
The lawsuit came a day after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) certified Biden’s more-than-20,000-vote victory in the state. Trump had requested a recount in the state’s two largest counties, which concluded Sunday and reconfirmed Biden’s win. Under state law, a candidate who loses a recount gets five days to file a lawsuit challenging the process.
During the recount, Trump’s attorneys attempted to challenge hundreds of thousands of otherwise valid ballots, arguing that election officials had improperly accepted them in the first place.
James Troupis, an attorney for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin, told Fox News on Tuesday that the campaign’s lawsuit would seek to invalidate 220,000 votes. The lawsuit targets ballots in the state’s two most Democratic-leaning counties — but the practices it challenges are in use statewide and have been in place since before the 2016 election, which Trump won and did not contest.
Troupis told Fox News that he did not believe the campaign’s lawsuit in Wisconsin would change the outcome of the national election — but could result in changes to how ballots are handled in the Badger State.
“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.”
Among other things, the lawsuit challenges more than 170,000 ballots cast early and in person in Milwaukee and Dane counties, arguing a form filled out by voters before casting such ballots is insufficient under state law. The form, however, is used throughout the state and has been in place for many election cycles.
Documents distributed during the recount showed that Troupis himself cast this kind of ballot.
The lawsuit also challenges a practice allowing clerks to correct tiny errors on the certification envelope of mail-in ballots and another practice, in place since 2011, that allows older and infirm voters to assert that they are “indefinitely confined” and vote without submitting a photo identification.
At a meeting Tuesday morning of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) objected to the Trump campaign’s attempt to throw out votes.
“These claims are obviously an egregious and floundering attempt to discredit this fair election,” he said.