Wisconsin Supreme Court Won’t Hear Trump Election Lawsuit
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to hear Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in the battleground state after Trump asked them to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in its two biggest Democratic counties, alleging irregularities in the way absentee ballots were administered. His lawsuit echoed unverified claims that were earlier rejected by election officials in those counties during a recount that barely affected Biden’s winning margin of about 20,700 votes. Trump had wanted the Conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly, saying there wasn’t enough time to wage the legal battle by starting first with a lower court given the looming Dec. 14 date when presidential electors cast their votes. But attorneys for Gov. Tony Evers and the state Department of Justice argued the law required the lawsuit to start with lower courts.
This denial is just the latest in a string of losses for Trump’s post-election lawsuits as judges in multiple battleground states have rejected his claims of fraud or irregularities. Wisconsin now gives Team Trump a 1-41 record when it comes to attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election in all of the states he’s lost.
The court ruled 4-3 against Trump, with swing Justice Brian Hagedorn joining three liberal justices in denying the petition. The order said Trump can file in circuit court. It was not immediately known if Trump would still pursue the case through lower courts. His campaign spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Trump filed a similar lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday.
Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the election and is expected to be certified by the Electoral College on December 14th.