Current and former Kansas political players throw support behind Texas election lawsuit

By: - December 9, 2020 6:15 pm
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said state law forbids his office from filing an ouster lawsuit against Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican implicated in a mayoral campaign scandal. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined 19 other attorneys general in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona challenging his department’s proposed funding priorities for grants supporting American history and civics programs. (File photo by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Kansas joined 16 states Wednesday in calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit brought by Texas that calls for a review of voting procedures in the 2020 general election in four swing states.

The suit, filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, demands that Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin’s 62 total Electoral College votes not be counted when electors meet to vote Monday. The action would, in effect, invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s projected Electoral College victory.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt called on the nation’s highest court to review whether these states departed from statutory requirements and violated the U.S. Constitution.

“These are important and potentially recurring constitutional questions that need an answer to guide states,” Schmidt said. “Kansas ran its elections honestly and by the rules that are supposed to apply evenly to all of us. Texas asserts it can prove four states violated the U.S. Constitution in an election that affects all Americans, so Texas should be heard.”

Later Wednesday, Trump filed a motion to intervene in the case in his capacity as a presidential candidate. He joins the 17 states, all of which Trump won last month, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take on the case.

Schmidt’s decision to include Kansas in this effort was announced just hours after former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer called on him to join the lawsuit on behalf of the 770,000 Kansas voters who cast a ballot in favor of Trump.

“A threat to election security anywhere is a threat to election security everywhere,” Colyer said via Twitter. “To protect our voice, Kansas needs to be in this fight.”

Legal experts have dismissed Paxton’s filing, which includes several disproven and unsupported claims about by-mail and in-person voting, as the latest in a series of attempts to discredit Election Day results.

Out of about 50 lawsuits filed across the country contesting the Nov.3 election results, Trump and supporters have lost more than 35, with the others still pending, according to the Associated Press.

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.