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Texas AG Paxton: Election Lawsuit a Bid to Protect Integrity, Constitution

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Tony Gutierrez/AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 December 2020 07:27 AM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says his lawsuit filed with the Supreme Court against the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin is a bid to protect election integrity and abide by the Constitution. 

“If other states don’t follow the Constitution and if their state legislature isn’t responsible for overseeing their elections ... it affects my state,” Paxton told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night. “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.”

In Paxton's lawsuit, the attorney general claims the four states exploited the coronavirus pandemic to justify ignoring election laws and unlawfully enacted last-minute changes that skewed the election results. The lawsuit also claims that most of the quick decisions that were made by local officials had not been approved by state legislatures and circumvented the Constitution. 

The states have until Thursday to respond to the lawsuit. 

Paxton told Hannity that the lawsuit came from recognizing that the other states' election management directly impacted Texas. His case is based on Article II of the Constitution that mandates state legislatures have sole authority on election processes, and he says he will prove that was elected during this year's election. 

“It is the responsibility of state legislatures, per the Constitution to set the rules for the election of electors,” he told Hannity. “Can this be overridden by people who are not responsible under the Constitution for doing this?”

He said he hopes the court will recognize his case. 

“Part of the genius of what the founders put in place is making sure that everybody in a state was at least treated the same,” he said. “We have county by county distinctions that treated voters differently and we, therefore, have unreliable results."

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