Wyo Won’t Join Election Lawsuit; SD Joining Appeal Of 2016 Voting Rights Act Case From Arizona

      Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says his state won’t be joining 17 other Republican-led states, including Nebraska and South Dakota, in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit filed by Texas over election procedures in 4 swing states. 

       The case seeks to invalidate Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – all states where Democrat Joe Biden won in November.

        Gordon opposes the challenge, saying it could have “unintended consequences” that impinge on state sovereignty. His action comes despite 32 seated and newly elected Wyoming legislators – all fellow Republicans – asking Gordon to join the case.

         In addition to being one of the 17 states to join the amicus brief in that suit, South Dakota has joined a similar brief in an unrelated election lawsuit dating back to 2015. 

        Arizona is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a federal district court ruling that found some Arizona voting laws disadvantaged minority voters and violated the federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in the election process.

        South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem’s decision to join the appeal is seen as making her even more popular among conservatives nationally by putting her even more into the national hot-button issue of election security.