AG Ellison opposes Texas AG’s baseless effort to invalidate clear will of American voters

Joins coalition of 23 AGs at Supreme Court to defend will of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; urges court reject Texas AG’s suit, which lacks legal foundation, offers zero evidence of systemic voter fraud

December 10, 2020 (SAINT PAUL) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison today joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general urging the Supreme Court to reject Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request that the Court overturn election results in four states critical to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. In an amicus brief led by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, filed in Texas v. Pennsylvania, the coalition argues that Texas’s unprecedented suit depends on a misreading of the Constitution’s Electors Clause — one that clashes with a century of precedent, denies states’ power to make their own decisions about election administration and oversight, and threatens to upend the basic notions of federalism and states’ rights. Further, the suit depends on specious claims of voter fraud, offering no evidence whatsoever of systemic fraud in the November election.  

The coalition is asking the court to throw out Texas’s suit against the four states. 

“The people of America — including the people of Minnesota and these four other states — have spoken loud and clear: they have elected Joe Biden president, period,” Attorney General Ellison said. “Unfounded and frivolous challenges to the American people’s will have been thrown out in courts across the country. Now, the attorney general of Texas is making a last-ditch, evidence-free effort to undemocratically throw out the votes in states where he just doesn’t like the result — regardless of the fact that his own state took the same measures he wants the court to invalidate in other states. He shouldn’t get to abuse our legal system in this way. I’ve joined this broad coalition to ask the Supreme Court to throw this unfounded case right out.” 

Voters’ will is clear

The American people elected Joe Biden the 46th president of the United States with a majority 306 electoral votes and a national popular-vote margin of more than 7 million votes, including a decisive, combined popular-vote margin of approximately 270,000 votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Both Wisconsin and Georgia underwent recounts to confirm the results. Wisconsin’s recount revealed President-elect Biden had won by a slightly larger margin of victory than in the initial count. All three recounts in Georgia have reaffirmed President-elect Biden’s victory there. Election officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have now certified their results.  

According to President Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security, the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history.” U.S. Attorney General William Barr himself has said the Justice Department has found no widespread basis of election fraud. 

While President Trump’s campaign has made wild allegations of electoral tampering, neither the campaign nor its supporters have produced any evidence of substantial voter fraud or other forms of wrongdoing. Of the 55 election-related suits that the president and his allies have filed challenging the clear results of the November 3 election, judges have rejected 54 of them, in all but one minor case.  

Texas lawsuit 

Despite this, the Texas Attorney, supported by 17 Republican attorneys general, filed a lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges that the states unlawfully enacted changes to their election laws under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asks the Supreme Court to make an unprecedented intervention and invalidate the will of the voters in those four states.  

Tellingly, it says nothing of other states — includingTexas and several other states that supported Texas’s lawsuit — that made similar changes to their election process to guarantee access to the ballot while keeping residents safe during this public health emergency. These states include Minnesota. 

AGs response to Texas lawsuit 

The coalition of 23 attorneys general that Attorney General Ellison joined filed an amicus brief today in vigorous opposition to Texas’s undemocratic effort to overturn the results of the election. Specifically, Attorney General Ellison and the coalition urge the Supreme Court to deny Texas’s lawsuit because: 

copy of the amicus brief is available on Attorney General Ellison’s website. 

Joining Attorney General Ellison and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, who led the brief, are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington.