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Texas asks U.S. district court to dismiss federal lawsuit challenging Electoral College

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019


AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The Texas attorney general is asking the U.S. district court in San Antonio to dismiss a federal lawsuit that is challenging the Electoral College System and the state's "winner-take all" practice for awarding electors. 

According to the Attorney General's Office on Feb. 13, Texas, which is among the 48 states and District of Columbia that use the "winner-take all" system, will continue its legal battle to keep the current Electoral College system. 

“My office’s legal team did a superb job defending the stable and successful presidential election system designed by our founders and enshrined in our Constitution," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. 

"That system has been used by the states for more than two centuries, dating back to the first election of George Washington. It’s no coincidence that every lawsuit asking the courts to upend the Electoral College has failed.

"Changing or eliminating the Electoral College can only be done by an amendment to the Constitution, which is reason enough the district court should dismiss this latest legal challenge. The Electoral College system ensures the people living in Texas and other states have a voice in determining who will be their president.”

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