UPDATED 8:43 AM PT – Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Electors in Texas are calling on legislators in four battleground states to challenge the alleged results of the 2020 elections.
On Monday, Texas electors passed a resolution in a 34-to-four vote, urging lawmakers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania to appoint new electors for their states. This came after casting all 38 of the Lone Star State’s votes for President Trump.
The resolution states if new electors are not appointed, congressional lawmakers from those states should reject the supposed outcomes during January’s electoral vote count. Soon after the vote on the resolution, Joe Biden allegedly surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the race.
Last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit calling for results to be overturned in the aforementioned states based on evidence of widespread voting fraud. However, the Supreme Court tossed that case and claimed the state lacked standing for the suit.
The elector’s original motion contained language calling the Supreme Court’s decision an act of “moral cowardice.” However, that language was taken out of the provision with electors arguing it was overly combative.
“So these two small words, ‘moral cowardice,’ are like this fire ant bite that I got the other day. It’s little, but it’s irritating and everybody’s had one,” stated Richard ‘Tex’ Hall, elector for Texas District 21. “So when you throw those words out front, yes, you get their attention, but not in the right way.”
It’s important to note that the resolution holds no binding power over the other state’s electors. The next step in the electoral process will occur January 6, 2021 when the House and Senate will meet to tally the results of the race.