Tennessee among 18 states joining brief in support of lawsuit to overturn election results

Supreme Court
Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 14:06:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee has joined 17 other states in supporting Texas' efforts to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election of President-elect Joe Biden.

On Wednesday, Tennessee joined Missouri’s amicus filed in the Supreme court. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III released the following statement after the decision:

“The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office has consistently taken the position that only a State’s legislature has the authority to make and change election laws. This Office pressed that argument in cases defending Tennessee’s election laws against pandemic-related challenges and in amicus briefs in cases involving similar challenges in other courts. This is not something new. Texas’s action in the Supreme Court seeks to vindicate the same important separation-of-powers principles, and that is why we joined Missouri’s amicus brief in support of that action.”

However, some lawmakers disagreed with the action. Sen. Brenda Gilmore and Sen. Jeff Yarbro were among the first to voice their opposition on social media.