17 states support Texas suing the battleground state Biden won
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17 states support Texas suing the battleground state Biden won

States supporting Texas’ lawsuit include Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

Of the states mentioned above, all but three have Republican governors.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton answers reporters before the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, 2016. Photo: Reuters.

Texas on December 4 filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court, arguing that electors in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin should not be allowed to vote because these states illegally changed voting procedures.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, accused the new voting process in battleground states of distorting the presidential election results and asked the Supreme Court to delay the deadline for electoral college confirmation.

President Donald Trump on December 9 also sent a petition to the Supreme Court, asking to join Texas’ lawsuit.

Election law experts say the Texas lawsuit has little chance of success and lacks legal merit.

The lawsuit was filed directly with the Supreme Court because it has jurisdiction over legal disputes between states.

Texas argued it had standing to sue because the voting rights of its electors would be impaired by the alleged actions in the four battleground states mentioned above.

The attorneys general of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin opposed the lawsuit, arguing that Texas’s lawsuit undermines faith in democracy and the electoral system, is constitutionally wrong and is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Biden won 306 electoral votes, much higher than the needed 270, while Trump won 232 electoral votes.

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