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Nebraska joins brief supporting Texas lawsuit against mail-in ballot count

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Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 19:21:53-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — The State of Nebraska joined an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, which supports an election-related Texas lawsuit. The case challenges a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which extended the absentee ballot receipt deadline three days past the election.

Pennsylvania ballots were required to be postmarked by election day, but could be received as late as Friday, Nov. 6.

“The Supreme Court has recognized that in presidential elections ‘the impact of the votes cast in each State is affected by the votes cast . . . in other States,’” said Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson. “This means that Nebraskans — no less than citizens in other states — have a strong interest in ensuring that presidential elections comply with the constitution. This is an important interest that my office takes very seriously.”

The brief was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and signed by a total of 17 states.

“I fully concur with the Attorney General’s decision to have the State of Nebraska join as an amicus in this case,” said Secretary of State Bob Evnen. “It is absolutely essential that credible claims of election irregularities be brought to light and fully investigated.”

Related: High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

Nebraska Democratic Party Chair, Jane Kleeb responded to the attorney general’s press release on Twitter.

"By joining this lawsuit, Ricketts is telling Nebraskans that he believes state legislatures should pick a president not American voters,” Kleeb said.

BRIEF OF OKLAHOMA, INDIANA, KANSAS, NEBRASKA, TENNESSEE, AND WEST VIRGINIA AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS