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Wisconsin’s electors cast votes for Biden as Trump exhausts legal challenges

Published: Dec. 13, 2020 at 6:05 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin’s presidential electors met Monday to officially cast the state’s 10 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“It is my distinct honor to announce that Wisconsin cast its 10 electoral votes for President of the United States of America to Joseph R. Biden Jr., and for Vice President of the United States of America, 10 electoral votes also for Kamala D. Harris,” said Gov. Tony Evers (D), who served as chairperson of the electors meeting.

“We made it,” Evers said with a noticeable sigh of relief.

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All 10 electors voted for Biden and Harris. Gov. Evers (D) signed off on the Certificate of Ascertainment to be sent to the United States Congress.

Biden and Harris will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

The meeting was called order and a motion was made to vote for President and Vice President. Gov. Evers served as chairperson and appointed two electors to serve as “tellers.” Those tellers canvassed the ballots cast by the electors.

The meeting commenced about an hour after President Donald Trump exhausted his legal challenges in state court in Wisconsin. On Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the president’s legal claims are meritless and affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss the lawsuit. The president sought to have the courts toss out about 220,000 votes from Dane County and Milwaukee County. The counties are considered “blue” because they often vote for Democrats.

“We conclude the Campaign is not entitled to the relief it seeks. The challenge to the indefinitely confined voter ballots is meritless on its face, and the other three categories of ballots challenged fail under the doctrine of laches,” wrote Justice Brian Hagedorn. CLICK HERE to read the full decision.

The decision states the Trump suit sought to apply new election guidelines to only two Wisconsin counties.

The decision reads, “In short, if the relief the Campaign sought was granted, it would invalidate nearly a quarter of a million ballots cast in reliance on interpretations of Wisconsin’s election laws that were well-known before election day. It would apply new interpretive guidelines retroactively to only two counties. Prejudice to the respondents is abundantly clear.”

The 4-3 majority used a sports analogy to conclude why they would not hear the Trump campaign’s appeal.

“Our laws allow the challenge flag to be thrown regarding various aspects of election administration. The challenges raised by the Campaign in this case, however, come long after the last play or even the last game; the Campaign is challenging the rulebook adopted before the season began.

“Election claims of this type must be brought expeditiously. The Campaign waited until after the election to raise selective challenges that could have been raised long before the election. We conclude the challenge to indefinitely confined voter ballots is without merit, and that laches bars relief on the remaining three categories of challenged ballots.”

The U.S. Supreme Court also denied a lawsuit filed by Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, who wanted the high court to overturn results in four battleground states, including Wisconsin. That would have handed the election to President Trump. More than 100 Republican members of Congress signed on to that effort.

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Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,682 votes. President Trump requested a recount of votes in the Dane County and Milwaukee County, but there was no major change in the results. That prompted a flurry of legal challenges by the Trump campaign, all of them dismissed by courts.

Some Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are now calling for the state to take up elections reform.

“Whether intentional or unintentional, thousands of Wisconsin voters have lost confidence in our election process,” said Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview). “It is essential that we conduct a thorough examination of our current election laws and look for opportunities to improve, especially when we consider election transparency.”

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