The state of Texas has challenged the election results, joining the many efforts to overturn an election many feel was stolen from President Donald J. Trump. Attorney General Ken Paxton sued four battleground states that certified Joe Biden as the winner on behalf of The Lone Star State, citing gross violations of the Constitution.
The lawsuit, citing “unconstitutional irregularities,” says that the states of Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania “unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and “through executive fiat or friendly lawsuits…[weakened] ballot integrity.”
“Trust in the integrity of our election processes is sacrosanct & binds our citizenry & the States in this Union together,” Paxton said on Twitter. “Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania & Wisconsin destroyed that trust and compromised the security and integrity of the 2020 election.”
Paxton’s lawsuit will go straight to the Supreme Court, which hears all matters of disputes between states He asks the court to “declare that any electoral college votes cast by such presidential electors appointed in Defendant States Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin are in violation of the Electors Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and cannot be counted.”
If successful, this would greatly weaken Joe Biden’s lead in electoral votes — and place him well below the 270 threshold needed. The election would then be decided in the House of Representatives. While Democrats control the numbers there, the House would be broken down into state delegations — where Republicans would have the edge. The Vice President would be chosen by the Senate, where Republicans also lead.
This is but one of a growing number of challenges to the election, which has drawn a flurry of allegations of voter fraud, missing ballots, and other forms of cheating — all intended to favor Joe Biden. It is unclear if the Supreme Court will hear this case, but if Texas has its way, President Trump will almost certainly serve another term in office.