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Hearing of President Trump's lawsuit challenging election set for next Thursday

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 18:17:51-05

MILWAUKEE — A reserve judge has set the hearing for President Trump's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's election results for Dec. 10, 2020.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected hearing Trump's lawsuit, and instead directed that the case be heard in Milwaukee County Court by a reserve judge from Racine County.

The reserve judge, Stephen A. Simanek, presided over a scheduling conference Friday. A lawyer for President Trump and attorneys representing the defendants, which include Milwaukee and Dane counties and the Wisconsin Elections Commission, agreed to attend court again next Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Trump's lawsuit filed in federal court, which is urging the state's legislature to decide electoral votes, is also being heard next Thursday morning. Because many of the same attorneys are involved in the federal case, Judge Simanek decided that if the federal case runs long, the case in Milwaukee County Court will be postponed to Friday at 9 a.m.

Trump's lawyers aim to disqualify 221,000 ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties over alleged voting violations. Wisconsin elections officials conclude that the state's election was fair.

President Trump's legal battles in Wisconsin must be resolved before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14.

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