Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear last-ditch appeal from Trump campaign

By: - December 11, 2020 9:20 pm
President Donald Trump with pursed lips

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore /Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by President Donald Trump in his attempt to overturn the state’s election results. The case is one of Trump’s last remaining chances in his nationwide effort to throw out the ballots of Democratic voters.

Trump’s attempt to toss out ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties was set back on Friday morning when Racine County Reserve Judge Stephen Simanek affirmed the results of the election for Joe Biden.

As expected, the Trump campaign appealed Simanek’s decision to the state Supreme Court.

Oral arguments before the supreme court will be held Saturday at noon. The Trump campaign and the several defendants in the case will each have 45 minutes to make their argument.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing will be held virtually. In its order accepting the case, the court said it would try to stream the arguments on WisEye.

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a separate lawsuit by Texas that sought to have election results thrown out in four battleground states including Wisconsin. The suit sought to bar Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from casting their electoral votes for Joe Biden. On Monday at noon, Wisconsin’s 10 electors will meet in the Capitol to cast their votes.

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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.