Wisconsin governor calls Trump lawsuit an 'assault'

NOW: Wisconsin governor calls Trump lawsuit an ’assault’

MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) — Attorneys for Wisconsin's governor are calling President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the state's election results an "assault on democracy."

Democratic Governor Tony Evers filed a response to Trump's lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court late Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The state's highest court is weighing Trump's request to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in Wisconsin's two heaviest Democratic counties.

Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump by a 2-to-1 margin in those counties on his way to a 20,682-vote win statewide.

Trump is not challenging any ballots in the state's other 70 counties, the majority of which Trump won.

Elections law experts told CBS 58 the campaign faces high hurdles.

"Courts take seriously the idea that the right to vote is a fundamental right because it protects all others," said Marquette Law School Professor Atiba Ellis.

"Even if you were think there was something amiss about any of these technical rules, it is a major stretch to say that the remedy is to throw out tens of thousands of votes," said University of Wisconsin Law School Associate Professor Robert Yablon.

Time is running short. The state high court has not yet said if it will take the case. The presidential electors will gather in Madison to cast their ballots Dec. 14. Congress will open and count the electoral votes in January. 

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