by Matt Margolis, PJ Media:
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump sued a broad range of Wisconsin officials, including Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wisc.), for violating the Constitution by trampling state law and privileging heavily Democratic areas over Republican areas. He had filed a separate lawsuit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday. This second lawsuit focuses on an alleged election scheme that undermined the integrity of ballots by weakening the chain-of-custody protections mandated by state law.
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“The United States Constitution prevents the rules in a Presidential Election from being changed at the last minute by un-elected bureaucrats and local politicians who may have a more narrow interest in the outcome of the election. We have alleged in our Complaint on behalf of the President that the Wisconsin Elections Commission and other state and local officials in Wisconsin broke the Wisconsin Election Code and ran an unconstitutional and unlawful election,” Bill Bock, lead counsel in Trump’s Wisconsin lawsuit, said in a statement.
“Today’s federal lawsuit in Wisconsin reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols,” Jenna Ellis, senior legal advisor for the Trump campaign and the president’s personal attorney, added. “Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lowered.”
“We hope that the State Legislatures in every affected State will take up this battle to protect the voters in their State. This is a solemn responsibility the Constitution entrusts directly to State Legislatures,” Ellis urged. “The time for full scale investigations and resolve to uphold the Constitution is now, and President Trump is committed to fighting corruption and ensuring free and fair elections today and into the future for every American.”
The lawsuit alleges four basic legal violations involving the state’s photo identification law, absentee ballot drop boxes, and tampering on witness certifications on absentee ballot envelopes.
Wisconsin law requires voters to present a photo ID in order to vote in-person. It also requires absentee voters to present a photo ID with their absentee ballots for the first time they cast an absentee ballot, with exceptions for active-duty military and the very aged, ill, or infirm. In lieu of presenting ID, a first-time absentee voter can submit a signed statement from a witness.
According to the lawsuit, election officials allowed “tens of thousands of voters” without illness or infirmity to vote absentee for the first time without a photo ID or a witness statement. In fact, on March 29, the Wisconsin Elections Commission sent election officials guidance declaring that during “the current public health crisis, many voters of a certain age or in at-risk populations may meet that standard of indefinitely confined until the crisis abates.”
“This guidance contradicts Wis. Stat. § 6.86(2)(a) which requires an actual and verifiable physical or temporal condition being presently experienced by the voter (i.e., age, physical illness or infirmity or disability) to justify an application for an absentee ballot based on indefinite confinement or indefinite disability and not a inchoate fear or apprehension experienced by the voter,” the lawsuit argues.