“Election integrity is central to our republic,” Schmitt, a Republican, tweeted. “And I will defend it at every turn. As I have in other cases—I will help lead the effort in support of Texas’ #SCOTUS filing today. Missouri is in the fight.”
Schmitt’s tweet came shortly after Ken Paxton, the attorney general from Texas, described his urge behind the litigation to Fox News’ ‘Hannity.’
He said that election management in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—the states named in the litigation—directly affected voters in his state. In particular, he pointed to modifications that were made to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If other states don’t follow the Constitution and if their state legislature isn’t responsible for overseeing their elections ... it affects my state,” he said. “Our job is to make sure the Constitution is followed and that every vote counts. And in this case, I’m not sure every vote was counted. Not in the right way.”
Paxton’s case based on Article II of the Constitution, which orders state legislatures to have the sole power to control and change election processes -- a condition he intends to prove was ignored during the 2020 election.
The states named in the claim called Paxton’s suit a political stunt and downplayed its chances to be successful. Paul Smith, a professor and election law expert at Georgetown University’s law school, told Reuters that there is “no possible way the state of Texas has the standing to complain about how other states counted the votes and how they are about to cast their electoral votes.”
The claims in Texas’ lawsuit “are false and irresponsible,” Georgia’s deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, said in a fiery statement shortly after Paxton announced the legal action.
“Texas alleges that there are 80,000 forged signatures on absentee ballots in Georgia, but they don’t bring forward a single person who this happened to. That’s because it didn’t happen,” Fuchs’ statement said.
Attorneys general from Louisiana, Arkansas, and other states have reportedly stated their support of the lawsuit.
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser for Trump’s campaign, tried to explain the court’s decision in a later tweet, and said it only denied an “emergency injunctive relief. In the order, it did NOT deny cert” and the litigation from Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., is still pending before the court.