President Donald Trump has asked the nation’s top court for permission to join a lawsuit filed by Texas against four battleground states.
The case has not been officially accepted for review by the nation’s top court. Texas on Dec. 7 filed a request asking the justices for permission to sue the four key contested states in an attempt to protect the integrity of the 2020 election.
The Lone Star state argues that the four defendant states acted in a way that violated their own election laws and thereby breached the Constitution through enacting and implementing new measures, rules, and procedures shortly before the Nov. 3 election.
Based on the allegations made in the suit, the lawyer argued, the number of ballots affected by alleged “illegal conduct” by state election officials in the four states exceeds the current margin between the president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Because the total number of electoral votes in the four contested states has the ability to change the outcome of the election, Trump “clearly has a stake in the outcome of this litigation,” the lawyer added.
Trump’s lawyer also filed a Bill of Complaint, supplementing the suit filed by Texas. Trump’s version outlined additional complaints, including the lack of signature verification in Georgia.
The case, they argued, presents important constitutional issues under the Electors Clause in the U.S. Constitution. It also raises concerns about erosion of election integrity and public confidence due to the handling of the 2020 election.
Texas is hoping to obtain a declaration from the Supreme Court that the four states conducted the 2020 election in violation of the U.S. Constitution. It is also asking the court to prohibit the count of the Electoral College votes cast by the four states. If the defendant states that have already appointed electors, it asks the court to direct the state legislatures to appoint new electors, in line with the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Texas is also seeking a preliminary injunction or a temporary restraining order to block the four states from taking action to certify their election results or to prevent the state’s presidential electors from taking any official action. The presidential electors are scheduled to meet on Dec. 14.
The court has ordered the defendant states to respond to Texas’s motions by 3 p.m. on Dec. 10.