Attorney General Phil Weiser joins coalition of 23 states opposing Texas’ undemocratic effort to invalidate 2020 election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Texas suit lacks legal merit and offers zero evidence of systemic voter fraud
Dec. 10, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.) – Attorney General Phil Weiser today joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request that the Court overturn election results in four states critical to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
In a court brief filed in Texas v. Pennsylvania, the coalition explains that Texas’s unprecedented lawsuit ignores our Constitution’s structure and threatens to upend the basic notions of federalism and states’ rights. Nor does Texas offer any evidence whatsoever of systemic fraud in the November election.
Additionally, earlier this year, the Supreme Court affirmed in Colorado’s faithless electors case that the Constitution grants the states the authority to manage elections. Weiser said that the Court should throw out Texas’s desperate suit because it would override state elections and the will of the voters.
“The Supreme Court must reject this Hail Mary attempt to undermine the presidential election and overturn the will of the voters. The Constitution grants the states the power to set their own rules for presidential elections held within their own states. The Texas lawsuit undermines this state authority and it is a threat to the rule of law. Most troubling, this is an attack on democracy itself,” said Weiser. “Voters, not courts or lawyers, choose the president.”
Election officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have certified their results. There has been no evidence of substantial voter fraud, or other forms of wrongdoing, which is why courts have dismissed 55 election-related suits since November 3. As the brief points out five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—have safe, all-mail voting systems where every registered voter receives a ballot in the mail. Officials at the state and federal level have consistently found no evidence of widespread fraud.