The Wisconsin Supreme Court delivered two opinions regarding the 2020 Election this morning. The Court ruled against the president in his attempt to invalidate approximately 220,000 votes for Joe Biden in a 4-3 decision.
The Court asserted that Trump’s challenge to indefinitely confined voter ballots was “meritless” in this particular case. It also ruled that the remainder of the president’s challenges “failed under laches.” This simply means that the Court said the Trump team was too late (a common theme throughout the swing states).
Justice Jill Karofsky, who wrote a concurring opinion, stated during the hearing on Saturday in the clip below that the Trump team wanted to “overthrow this election so your king can stay in power.”
However, team Trump did receive a win regarding indefinitely confined voters in a case that is receiving much less publicity earlier this morning.
The Court ruled in favor of Mark Jefferson, Executive Director of the GOP in Wisconsin, saying that Wisconsin elections were wrong to assert that voters could claim the status of “indefinitely confined” because of COVID-19. Wisconsin statutory law states that a person can only classify as indefinitely confined based on his/her age, his/her physical illness (NOT the illness of someone else), or his/her infirmity.
The Court did note that a determination must be made in every single case before throwing out a ballot.
The difference between these cases is that in the former President Trump sought to discard 220,000 ballots. Instead, the Court deemed that indefinitely confined ballots (a portion of those above) must be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
About 215,000 voters identified as indefinitely confined this fall. This is close to four times more than in the 2016 Election.
Biden leads Trump by slightly more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin.