A group of 10 Republicans who acted as “alternate” electors in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election and signed documents saying Donald Trump won the state’s electoral votes have settled a civil suit against them by affirming that Joe Biden was the winner.
In a deal announced Wednesday, the so-called fake electors agreed to issue a statement acknowledging that their efforts were “part of an attempt to improperly overturn the 2020 presidential election results” and not to act as electors again in any election in which Trump is on the ballot.
“Wisconsin voters have been awaiting accountability for 3 years, and it is beyond time to hold those who perpetrated this scheme responsible for their actions,” one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Jeff Mandell of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, said in a statement. “This settlement agreement provides one piece of that accountability and helps ensure that a similar effort to subvert our democracy will never happen again.”
The suit, filed last year by two Biden electors and a Wisconsin voter, alleged that the false electors and Trump attorneys Kenneth Chesebro and Jim Troupis engaged in a civil conspiracy and violated state and federal laws. The plaintiffs sought $2.4 million in damages.
As a result