A conservative group filed an emergency petition on Tuesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court to stop the state’s certification of the presidential results, alleging that it has identified more than 150,000 potentially fraudulent ballots.
The number of potentially fraudulent ballots it found was “more than enough to call into question the validity of the state’s reported election results,” said The Amistad Project in its petition.
“Moreover, these discrepancies were a direct result of Wisconsin election officials’ willful violation of state law,” the group’s president, Phil Kline, said in a statement.
Some of the voting irregularities the Amistad Project said it discovered include: 10,000 Republican ballots that were not counted, more than 10,000 Republican voters who were told they had already voted, and nearly 100,000 ballots that were submitted illegally but counted anyway.
Each of these discoveries was made by statistician Matthew Braynard and mathematician Steven Miller, according to the group.
Wisconsin election officials directly contributed to the counting of illegal ballots, according to the Amistad Project, by brazenly defying state law that requires voters to present photo identification when requesting an absentee ballot.
This requirement was tossed aside by the Wisconsin Election Commission, which told election clerks not to reject voters who claim to be “indefinitely confined” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Statistical analysis indicates that nearly 100,000 persons who exploited this exemption to cast absentee ballots were not actually indefinitely confined on Election Day, meaning they should not have been eligible to vote,” the group explained.
The Amistad Project has also filed lawsuits in several other key swing states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona.
“We bring these legal actions only after rigorous investigation and careful evaluation. As far back as 2019 we had concerns that novel election practices would taint the vote,” Kline said in a statement.
“The pandemic and additional election changes accelerated these concerns and our on-the-ground research over the past two weeks has made it clear that the lawsuits are essential to protect the integrity of America’s democracy,” he added.