SCOTUS refuses to hear Pa. election lawsuits
UPDATED 9:56 AM PT – Monday, February 22, 2021
The Supreme Court has rejected three GOP elections-related lawsuits regarding the state of Pennsylvania.
In a six-to-three decision Monday, the court refused to hear a case challenging a three-day extension of the deadline to receive mail-in ballots in the state. Justices John Roberts, Amy Comey Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh sided with their liberal colleagues while Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented.
The court also moved to deny hearing a case seeking to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state and another similar case by the Trump campaign. In the dissent, Justice Thomas argued “the absence of evidence of voter fraud is not enough to instill confidence in election integrity.”
SCOTUS declines to take up a pair of leftover cases from the 2020 election. They involved the authority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to extend the state’s mail-in ballot deadline. Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch say the court should have granted review. https://t.co/RkzsCeb1Hi
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This comes as millions of Americans, including loyal allies of the 45th president on Capitol Hill, continue to raise concerns about issues in the election.
“Once the electors are counted, yes, he’s the legitimate president,” stated House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. “But if you’re going to ignore the fact that there were states that did not follow their own state legislatively set laws, that’s the issue at heart that millions of people still are not happy with.”
Following a meeting with President Trump in Florida, Scalise noted he still cares a lot about the country.