(Dakota News Now) – South Dakota has joined other states supporting a lawsuit brought to the Supreme Court by the state of Texas challenging presidential election results in several key swing states.
The Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday that South Dakota has joined an amicus brief in support of State of Texas v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of Georgia, State of Michigan, and State of Wisconsin.
President Donald Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday that his campaign will join the challenge as part of a new effort to overturn Joe Biden’s victory…
The suit from the Texas attorney general, Republican Ken Paxton, demands that the 62 total Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin be invalidated. That’s enough, if set aside, to swing the election to President Donald Trump.
Here is the complete brief:
In the Statement of Interest Of Amici, it states:
“In the context of a Presidential election,”state actions “implicate a uniquely important national interest,” because“the impact of the votes cast in each State is affected by the votes cast for the various candidates in other States.” Anderson v. Celebrezze, 460 U.S. 780, 794–95 (1983). “For the President and the Vice President of the United States are the only elected officials who represent all the voters in the Nation.” Id…
Our system of federalism relies on separation of powers to preserve liberty at every level of government, and the separation of powers in the Electors Clause is no exception. The States have a strong interest in preserving the proper roles of state legislatures in the administration of federal elections, and thus safeguarding the individual liberty of their citizens…
… amici States have a strong interest in ensuring that the votes of their own citizens are not diluted by the unconstitutional administration of elections in other States. When non-legislative actors in other States encroach on the authority of the “Legislature thereof” in that State to administer a Presidential election, they threaten the liberty, not just of their own citizens, but of every citizen of the United States who casts a lawful ballot in that election—including the citizens of amici States.
… for similar reasons, amici States have a strong interest in safeguarding against fraud in voting by mail during Presidential elections. “Every voter” in a federal election, “has a right under the Constitution to have his vote fairly counted, without its being distorted by fraudulently cast votes.”Anderson v.United States, 417 U.S. 211, 227 (1974). Plaintiff’s Bill of Complaint alleges that non-legislative actors in the Defendant States stripped away important safeguards against fraud in voting by mail that had been enacted by the Legislature in each State. Amici States share a vital interest in protecting the integrity of the truly national election for President and Vice President of the United States.