A petition has been started which aims to remove Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes from office for joining Utah onto a Texas lawsuit which seeks to invalidate millions of votes. Votes that Reyes and Trump claim, without evidence, were cast frequently.
More than 25,000 people have signed.
If successful, which experts say is unlikely, the suit would undo President-elect Joe Biden's presidential victory.
The petition begins by stating:
Reyes joined 16 other attorneys general Wednesday in endorsing the Texas petition that seeks to invalidate the election results in four battleground states captured by President-elect Joe Biden – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. The suit from Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls for the 62 total Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to be invalidated. If it is approved, that could swing the election to Trump, the Associated Press reports. The high court asked for responses by Thursday. Out of the roughly 50 lawsuits filed around the country contesting the Nov. 3 vote, Trump has lost more than 35 and the others are pending, according to an Associated Press tally."
Reyes said in a statement:
If the election was fair, the Supreme Court should say so. If not, it should say that. Either way, it should say something and not avoid the question.”
The Texas case reportedly hinges on who controls elections in the states — legislators or officials and courts.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Governor-elect Spencer Cox, both Republicans, came out strongly against the decision by Reyes, which will use Utah taxpayer dollars to help fight a Texas lawsuit that seeks to intervene in the various election processes of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Herbert and Spencer Cox called joining the lawsuit "an unwise use of taxpayers' money," releasing this statement:
The Attorney General did not consult us before signing on to this brief, so we don’t know what his motivation is. Just as we would not want other states challenging Utah’s election results, we do not think we should intervene in other states’ elections. Candidates who wish to challenge election results have access to the courts without our involvement. This is an unwise use of taxpayers’ money.”
The Change.org petition explains the reasoning for the lawsuit, stating:
Reyes has twice been elected using these “supposedly” fraudulent mail-in elections. During his tenure as attorney general, his office has not once charged a single voter with fraud. The brief from the attorneys general also claims that election officials should not be afforded discretion to make decisions when it comes to administering elections.
But that is exactly what happened in Sanpete County, where 12,000 ballots were printed without the required signature line, yet election officials accepted them and counted them despite it being a violation of election law. Those ballots were counted, and they should be. But Reyes, as he noted in his news release, sat on the board of canvassers that officially certified Utah’s election results — despite the supposed rampant fraud that comes with mail-in elections and the flagrant election law violation in Sanpete County.
Would we want other states asking the Supreme Court to throw out the results in Utah — the same way Reyes is attempting to do to voters in four states? The answer is no, and many prominent Utahns are standing up against his endorsement."
The petition then lists those Utahns which are against Reyes' decision.
2News asked for a statement, but Reyes' office declined.
You can read the full petition here.