A group of Republican lawmakers asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to add Minnesota to the list of states his office is suing for “unconstitutional changes to 2020 election laws.”
“We are writing to you in support of your lawsuit regarding the 2020 elections, and request that you include Minnesota in the list of states against whom you are filing suit,” said a letter sent to Paxton Thursday.
15 state legislators signed the letter, which accuses Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon of “knowingly and deliberately” conducting an “illegal election by virtue of his manipulation of the law.”
“In April, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon came before the Minnesota Legislature and asked for total authority to adjust Minnesota election rules in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Legislature refused to grant him that authority. In response to the Minnesota Legislature’s refusal, multiple lawsuits were filed against the State of Minnesota by Democratic groups,” states the letter.
“These groups demanded that election rules be changed. One of the judges in these cases was a former state political director for Amy Klobuchar. The parties involved in these lawsuits, all Democrats, eventually agreed to a settlement which instituted consent decrees that dramatically changed state election rules,” it continues.
Under these consent decrees, the requirement that absentee ballots include a witness signature was waived, state law governing the assistance of voters was “significantly altered,” and unlimited ballot harvesting was permitted for a select period of time, according to the letter.
“These actions were entirely unconstitutional,” says the letter. “Unlawful actions by rogue Secretaries of State should not be tolerated. The people deserve elections that are conducted by the laws their state legislatures pass.”
Thus far, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are named as defendants in Paxton’s lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The four states exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election,” Paxton’s office said in a press release. “The battleground states flooded their people with unlawful ballot applications and ballots while ignoring statutory requirements as to how they were received, evaluated and counted.”
President Donald Trump said his office will be intervening in the case, calling it “the big one.”
We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2020