Four members of Congress from Michigan and at least 15 members of the Michigan State House are now publicly supporting a lawsuit from the State of Texas that claims election results in Michigan and other key battleground states were unconstitutional.
A legal brief submitted by 106 Republican members of Congress backed the U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and supported by President Donald Trump’s campaign. The representatives from Michigan are: Michigan Congressmen Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.
Another legal brief joined by 12 Michigan Republican state representatives — Reps. Gary Eisen, John Reilly, Julie Alexander, Matt Maddock, Daire Rendon, Beth Griffin, Douglas Wozniak, Michele Hoitenga, Brad Paquette, Rodney Wakeman, Greg Markkanen and Jack O’Malley — argues the appointment of presidential electors in the four states listed in the suit are “constitutionally invalid” unless the legislature conducts post-election certification.
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“The state legislatures of Defendant States and other states violate their express duties under Article II of the U.S. Constitution by wholly delegating the post-election certification of Presidential electors to state election officials and judges,” the filing reads.
Three additional state lawmakers — Reps. Joe Bellino, Bronna Kahle and Luke Meerman — were also listed as supporting the brief in a subsequent press release sent out by Michigan House Republicans.
The suit claims Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin changed election procedures in ways that would violate the Electors Clause of the Constitution. Paxton is asking the Supreme Court to order the states to allow their legislators to freely choose electors, potentially reversing the vote of the people in the presidential election.
In Michigan, certified results show Trump lost the state by 154,000 votes. Michigan’s 16 electors are statutorily obligated to cast their vote for President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 14.
The Board of State Canvassers certified Michigan’s November election results on Nov. 23, including Joe Biden’s 2.8% statewide victory over Trump.