President Trump’s campaign asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review 50,000 absentee ballots in Wisconsin in an effort to overturn the November 3 election.
Joe Biden won Wisconsin by 20,000 votes, and was declared the official winner on December 14 when the states’ electors met.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court denied the president’s request to invalidate large amounts of absentee ballots earlier this month, arguing that Trump’s legal team failed to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that hundreds of thousands of votes had illegally been cast.
“We conclude the Campaign is not entitled to the relief it seeks,” the court ruled. “The challenge to the indefinitely confined voter ballots is meritless on its face, and the other three categories of ballots challenged fail under the doctrine of laches. … [The campaign] does not succeed in its effort to strike votes and alter the certified winner of the 2020 presidential election.“
Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn ruled against President Trump in the 4-3 decision, siding with three liberal justices on the state court that the challenge was unreasonable.
The challenge comes roughly one week before Congress meets to review the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.
The Supreme Court agreed to take up another petition from the Trump campaign addressing allegations of widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania case takes issue with several decisions handed down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholding the state’s laws allowing for greater latitude for mail-in ballots. Trump’s legal team claims there is a “strong likelihood” Pennsylvania’s high court violated the Constitution.