Clinton-connected lawyer shot down by Obama-appointed judge in election law challenge

 May 13, 2024

A Hillary Clinton-connected lawyer is desperately trying to challenge existing Wisconsin voter law as an obvious play to give Democrats an upper hand in the 2024 election.

According to Fox News, the Elias Law Group, "the firm founded by Democratic super lawyer and former Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias," sought to challenge the "witness requirement" language of a Wisconsin absentee ballot voting law.

The challenge was essentially laughed out of court by none other than an Obama-appointed federal judge, underscoring how ridiculous Elias' argument was.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson shot down Elias' attempt to challenge the law, and held nothing back in his ruling.

"Normally, the court would begin by searching for other textual clues in the statute. But in this case, the most obvious problem with plaintiffs’ interpretation is that it simply does not make any sense," Peterson said in his ruling.

Fox News noted:

The Wisconsin law requires voters to both certify that they meet the requirements to vote and that they have followed the correct process for filling out an absentee ballot, which includes a section that requires "witness certification."

Elias and his Democratic law firm challenged the "witness certification" part of the law, arguing that it violated voting rights.

Fox News noted:

Elias said the witness requirement violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguing that a witness would be forced to verify the eligibility of the voter filling out the ballot.

Judge Peterson was quick to point out the absurdities of Elias' arguments.

"Under plaintiffs’ interpretation, every witness would have to determine the voter’s age, residence, citizenship, criminal history, whether the voter is unable or unwilling to vote in person, whether the voter has voted at another location or is planning to do so, whether the voter is capable of understanding the objective of the voting process, whether the voter is under a guardianship, and, if so, whether a court has determined that the voter is competent," Peterson's ruling continued.

It added, "Many witnesses would be unable to independently verify much of the required information."

"The statute allows any adult U.S. citizen to serve as a witness, suggesting that a wide variety of people should be able to do the job… It makes no sense to interpret § 6.87 in a way that would make compliance virtually impossible."

Wisconsin is expected to play a major role in who ultimately becomes president in November.

With his poor track record of winning election law-related cases, one wonders why Democrats keep hiring him to try.