Texas Attempts to Take Four Other States to the Supreme Court

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By Alice Linahan

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is representing the State of Texas in the filing

Dylan Andrus, Reporter

In a controversial filing Tuesday, December 8th, Attorney General Ken Paxton of the State of Texas described the State’s complaint documents against four other states–Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan–filed in the US Supreme Court. The motion and subsequent bill of complaint claims that the aforementioned states unconstitutionally used the COVID-19 pandemic to affect the results of the 2020 election.

The responses from the four states came quickly, the officials of which all had something to say, CNBC reports. Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs of Georgia stated the claims in lawsuit were “false and irresponsible” while Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul called the case “genuinely embarrassing” for Mr. Paxton. All of the four states dismiss Texas’ claims, citing statistics and experts who affirm there were no significant instances of election fraud or tampering.

The filing is also especially interesting as it invoked the Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction (the overwhelming majority of cases coming before the Supreme Court do so under its appellate jurisdiction), which allows the plaintiff in the case to take it directly to the Court; the reason for this unusual move comes from Article Three of the US Constitution, which gives the Supreme Court original jurisdiction in cases arising from “controversies between two or more States.” The Supreme Court very rarely takes up original jurisdiction cases, usually only taking ones revolving around land disputes between states, though legal experts are unsure on the outlook for this instance.