Wisconsin Lawsuit Aimed at Excluding Nearly 800,000 Votes Dismissed

By Zachary Stieber

A federal lawsuit in Wisconsin that drew nationwide attention was dismissed on Nov. 16.

Three voters filed the suit last week, seeking to exclude election results in three of the state’s counties. They alleged there was “sufficient evidence that illegal votes were counted” in Milwaukee, Dane, and Menominee counties “to change or place in doubt the results” of the presidential election.

But the voters on Nov. 16 requested the suit be dismissed.

Court filings didn’t give a reason why Michael Langenhorst, Michael LeMay, and Stephen Fifrick made the decision. Attorneys for the men said they couldn’t comment; two of them cited attorney-client privilege.

“Because of atty client privilege and because I do not telegraph my next moves, I cannot comment,” James Bopp Jr. told The Epoch Times via email.

“Unfortunately, attorney-client privilege does not allow us to discuss,” Jeffrey Gallant in an email.

Michael Dean, the third lawyer, also declined to comment.

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach, a George W. Bush nominee, granted the request.

Attorneys for those named in the lawsuit didn’t respond to a request by The Epoch Times for a response to the dismissal. The voters had sued county clerks and election commissioners, members of the Wisconsin Election Commission, and Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat.

They argued against certifying Wisconsin’s election results without excluding the three aforementioned counties, which helped swing the Midwest state to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks during an interview in his Statehouse office in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 4, 2019. (Scott Bauer/AP Photo)

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed motions to intervene, challenging the basis of the suit.

NAACP attorneys said the suit constituted “an all-out attack on votes case by Black voters,” adding later that the plaintiffs used “untenable and untrue allegations that sufficient illegal ballots were included in the November 3, 2020, general election results to change or place those results in doubt.”

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin added: “Plaintiffs—who do not even live in the counties about which they complain—seek to disrupt the lawful certification of ballots in three of Wisconsin’s 72 counties based on nothing more than rank speculation and unsupported suspicion.”

Trump and his campaign have alleged election irregularities in a number of states, including Wisconsin.

“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results,” Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement after Election Day.

The campaign plans to request a recount after the final margin fell within the 1 percent margin required for an aggrieved candidate to request a recount.

Meagan Wolfe, the state’s top election official, said last week that she’s seen no evidence of “systemic or widespread election issues.”

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