Maryland Attorney General Opposes Texas Lawsuit Challenging Election Results

Update: The Supreme Court denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit Friday.

Original Post: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined 22 other attorneys general in a brief asking the Supreme Court to reject a Texas lawsuit challenging 2020 election results.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing four battleground states— Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin— over what he believes was an unlawful election. The lawsuit claims that the four states used the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to manipulate election results and asks the Supreme Court to reject electoral college votes from those states. The suit reads:

“Certain officials in Defendant States presented the pandemic as the justification for ignoring state laws regarding absentee and mail-in voting. Defendant States flooded their citizenry with tens of millions of ballot applications and ballots ignoring statutory controls as to how they were received, evaluated, and counted. Whether well intentioned or not, these unconstitutional and unlawful changes had the same uniform effect—they made the 2020 election less secure in Defendant States.”

Paxton’s suit is supported by 17 state attorneys general. Frosh and his 22 colleagues are urging the Supreme Court to throw out the case.

“Our country held a free and fair election with record turnout in the midst of a pandemic,” Frosh said in a statement.

“Despite multiple losses in courts across the country, the President and his allies continue to peddle false claims of voter fraud.  These actions are an abuse of the legal system.  It is time to end the misinformation and accept the choice of the people.”

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About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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