President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 2 filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission and others in his personal capacity as a presidential candidate. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Division according to the Trump campaign website.
The complaint wrote “unlawful and unconstitutional” action by multiple Wisconsin officials, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. It seems relief under the Elector Clause of the U.S. Constitution, according to the website.
Trump asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly, rather than have it start in a lower court, and order Wisconsin to withdraw the certification of election results.
“This lawsuit is one step in the right direction of fairer, more transparent, more professional and ultimately more reliable elections in America,” Bill Bock, lead counsel in the suit, said in a statement on the Trump campaign website.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the following key unlawful acts:
- Directives by the Wisconsin Elections Commission undercutting Wisconsin’s Photo Identification Law.
- A Plan by the Mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities (Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine) and funded by an out-of-state organization known as the Center for Tech & Civic Life to implement a new form of balloting in Wisconsin using un-manned, absentee ballot drop boxes without adequate or uniform chain of custody standards and security protocols contrary to the Wisconsin Election Code.
- Directives by the Wisconsin Elections Commission that facilitated the unlawful, un-manned absentee ballot drop box Plan by endorsing illegal drop boxes (which were then ultimately used throughout the State in the election), failing to adopt uniform chain of custody and security protocols for the ballots in the drop boxes and failing to ensure public access to the process.
- Directives by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to election officials to tamper with witness certifications on absentee ballot envelopes which facilitated the counting of unlawful ballots in the election in violation of the Wisconsin Election Code.
“Today’s federal lawsuit in Wisconsin reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols. Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lowered.
We hope that the State Legislatures in every affected State will take up this battle to protect the voters in their State. This is a solemn responsibility the Constitution entrusts directly to State Legislatures. The time for full scale investigations and resolve to uphold the Constitution is now, and President Trump is committed to fighting corruption and ensuring free and fair elections today and into the future for every American.” Jenna Ellis, Senior Legal Adviser for Trump 2020 Campaign and Attorney to President Trump.