State Supreme Court rejects lawsuit from conservative group attempting to prevent certification of election results

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit from a conservative group which sought to prevent the state’s election results from being certified.

The Wisconsin Voters Alliance filed the lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission last week before Gov. Tony Evers and the WEC chair certified the results.

The lawsuit claimed over 96,000 of the votes counted in the Nov. 3 election were illegal and alleged those absentee voters avoided Wisconsin voter ID laws and listed “indefinitely confined” as their reason for requesting a ballot. The group also argued that Facebook helped people illegally register to vote through the social media platform.

The court determined in a 4-3 vote that the petition raised “time-sensitive questions of statewide significance” but also posed “issues of material fact.”

Justice Brian Hagedorn said the suit attempted to “invalidate the entire presidential election in Wisconsin by declaring it ‘null’—yes, the whole thing.

“And there’s more. We should, we are told, enjoin the Wisconsin Elections Commission from certifying the election so that Wisconsin’s presidential electors can be chosen by the legislature instead, and then compel the Governor to certify those electors. At least no one can accuse the petitioners of timidity.”

With no evidence of voter fraud in the state, the conservative-leaning judge said the petitioners “have come nowhere close” in terms of establishing their claims with substantive facts.

“This petition falls far short of the kind of compelling evidence and legal support we would undoubtedly need to countenance the court-ordered disenfranchisement of every Wisconsin voter,” Hagedorn said.

One of the dissenting opinions came from Justice Patience Roggensack, who said “it is critical that voting in Wisconsin elections not only be fair, but that the public also perceives voting as having been fairly conducted. The Wisconsin Supreme Court should not walk away from its constitutional obligation to the people of Wisconsin for a third time.”

President-elect Joe Biden won Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes.