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Federal judge denies election lawsuit joined by lawmakers from Green Bay, Crivitz

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Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 1:23 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBAY) - A federal judge has denied a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Voters Alliance and state lawmakers challenging the results of the presidential election.

United States District Court Judge James E. Boasberg issued the denial Monday, saying the Plaintiffs have no standing and they filed in the wrong court. The judge says the lawsuit “rests on a fundamental and obvious misreading of the Constitution.”

“It would be risible were its target not so grave; the undermining of a democratic election for President of the United States,” Boasberg writes.

“It is not a stretch to find a serious lack of good faith here,” the judge says. “Yet even that may be letting Plaintiffs off the hook too lightly. Their failure to make any effort to serve or formally notify any Defendant--even after reminder by the Court in its Minute Order--renders it difficult to believe that the suit is meant seriously.”

The judge continues, “Courts are not instruments through which parties engage in such gamesmanship or symbolic political gestures.”

The Wisconsin Voters Alliances was joined by Wisconsin Rep. David Steffen (R-Green Bay) and Wisconsin Rep. Jeff L. Mursau (R-Crivitz) in the effort to challenge results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.

The suit named Vice President Mike Pence, the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Electoral College, governors and other legislative officials.

Democrat Joe Biden won all of these states in the Nov. 3 election. Electors have cast their votes for Biden and sent them to the U.S. Congress. Congress will meet Jan. 6 to count the electoral votes. Vice President Pence will preside over that session and declare a winner of the election.

Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president on Jan. 20.

The lawsuit filed asked for the states to conduct a “constitutionally-compliant process for state-by-state post-election certification of Presidential votes and Presidential electors.” It stated Vice President Pence and Congress should not be allowed to consider Presidential elector votes from states “unless their respective state legislatures have voted affirmatively in a post-election vote to certify Presidential votes and their Presidential electors for the current and future Presidential elections.”

The lawsuit alleged there is a “cabal of public-private partnerships” that “undermine state statutes and plans designed to protect the integrity of the election.”

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