A former state attorney general whose group is involved in election-related litigation in battleground states said he believes the 2020 election was lawless.
"I think that this was one of the most lawless elections in U.S. history," Phill Kline told The Epoch Times on Nov. 28. That lawlessness has made it difficult for people to have faith in the election results, he said.
Kline, a former Republican Kansas attorney general, serves as director of the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, an initiative that works to preserve civil liberties.
"All you have to do is compare the conduct with what the laws are in the state legislature. And they used COVID fear to justify lawlessness, and within that lawlessness, they created a system where we can't have faith, and now we're proving that all the flaws had a direct impact," Kline said.
"It's real clear if people step back and look at it. This was a lawless election. And it was lawless in the same framework and design in all of these key swing states, particularly in the urban areas that are controlled by blue elected officials. The evidence is clear."
Kline believes that election-related cases will end up before the Supreme Court.
"I do think there's also the possibility of state attorneys general saying it's wrong for states to manage elections so dramatically differently, and it disenfranchises the voters of one state as compared to another in the presidential election."
The problems in the election boil down to a simple premise, Kline said. Was what happened different from what is outlined in state law? In his view, the answer is yes.
Pennsylvania officials, for instance, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by making it more difficult to vote in Republican strongholds by placing more of the ballot boxes in Democrat strongholds, the former attorney general said.
In Wisconsin, state law requires voter identification for absentee ballots unless people are "indefinitely confined," and state officials violated the law by ordering areas not to check on voters who claimed they were confined as such, Kline asserts. In Dane County, clerk Scott McDonnel told voters they could apply for the special voter status based solely on fear of COVID-19.
Kline's group brought legal challenges prior to the election. Some attempted to block states and local governments from accepting funds from the Zuckerberg-funded group the Center for Tech and Civic Life. The Amistad Project argued that the funds were going to primarily Democratic, urban areas, creating a two-tiered election system.
In other cases, the project represented voters alliance groups challenging changes made to election processes by state officials.
Those preelection challenges weren't successful.
"Here's the issue with election standard: you have to show harm. And we were predicting the harm, predicting what would happen, but the courts were saying that you don't have it. And sure enough, the prediction came true. We're still fighting," Kline said.
"Our laws to protect election integrity and recounts did not contemplate this election. We don't contemplate drop boxes, we don't contemplate all these things. And therefore, the recounts simply validate the fraud."
Kline believes his group will win the new lawsuits they've filed, but there's time pressure because of the looming Electoral College votes and Inauguration Day.