Today, Law Forward and our co-counsel Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court describing in detail how ten fraudulent electors in Wisconsin deliberately attempted to override our state’s recounted and certified election results, ignoring state and federal law as well as judicial rulings upholding the election results.

The lawsuit is against twelve individuals associated with a fraudulent slate of presidential electors who falsely sought to have their votes counted on January 6. Despite certified election results showing that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won the state of Wisconsin in the 2020 presidential election, the fraudulent electors met in the state capitol on the day statutorily designated for the meeting of the Electoral College, cast their votes for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and sent the false certification of their votes to the President of the U.S. Senate.

The individuals named in this case schemed to hijack Wisconsin’s role in selecting the president of the United States and to override the will of the voters. We must hold them accountable for their illegal, unprecedented, and profoundly anti-democratic actions. Supporters of a presidential candidate can and should campaign vigorously. But when the votes are counted, we come together as Americans and celebrate a peaceful, orderly transition of power. These fraudulent electors crossed a line.

The actions of the fraudulent electors in Wisconsin and similar actions in other swing states were a necessary predicate to efforts to persuade Vice President Pence, as President of the Senate, to reject the electoral votes of the real electors in those states on January 6 and count the fraudulent electoral votes instead.  Had the scheme succeeded, it would have overturned the legitimate results of the 2020 election. This marks the first suit in the nation filed against fraudulent electors.

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of two lawfully elected Wisconsin presidential electors and an additional Wisconsin voter. The defendants named in the suit are the ten fraudulent electors, along with two attorneys who helped orchestrate the illegal scheme. The filing alleges that by fraudulently assuming the office of elector despite certified election results indicating that they were not permitted to do so, the defendants illegally usurped the role of Wisconsin’s rightful electors and undermined the legal authority of voters to choose which candidate will receive the state’s electoral votes.