Update: The US Supreme Court has refused late Tuesday to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory despite evidence presented by President Donald Trump’s attorneys, including Senator Ted Cruz, that the unequal application of mail-in voting was illegal.
JUST IN: US Supreme Court declines to take up appeal filed by Republican congressman who asked the court to nullify the certification of Biden as winner in Pennsylvania; justices denied the appeal in a one-sentence order with no noted dissents, @PeteWilliamsNBC reports. pic.twitter.com/SE18WJcAlm
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 8, 2020
The action by the nation’s highest court, which includes three justices named by Trump, came as states across the country are locking in the results that will lead to next week’s Electoral College vote. It represented the latest in a string of stinging judicial opinions that have left the president defeated both politically and legally.
By their one-sentence denial, the justices left intact a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which said the challenge to a state law passed in 2019 came far too late.
The court has yet to act on two other election related cases. Pennsylvania Republicans have been waiting since late September for the court to say whether it will take up their challenge to the decision by the secretary of state to extend the deadline by three days for returning mail-in ballots.
The Texas case, however, is still very much alive. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, is seeking to toss the Nov. 3 popular vote results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The high court has asked that the states involved reply to the lawsuit by tomorrow.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 8, 2020
Senator Ted Cruz says he will argue the Pennsylvania election fraud case before the US Supreme Court if the high court opts to hear it. We should know by today if SCOTUS will take up the appeal. Time is running out because next week, Dec. 14 the electors meet in each state and cast their ballots for president and vice president.
If #SCOTUS grants cert in the PA election case, I have told the petitioners I will stand ready to present the oral argument.
Full statement below… pic.twitter.com/EnHxjqGR5K
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 7, 2020
Ted Cruz is ready and willing to give the Trump argument in front of the Supreme Court. https://t.co/JUYQEC3ihl
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 8, 2020
Also, Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the presidential election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan. The lawsuit asserts that “unlawful election results” in those four states, which President-elect Joe Biden won, should be declared unconstitutional.
The filing argues that those states used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to unlawfully change their election rules. Experts in election law were quick to dismiss the likelihood of the nine Supreme Court justices taking the case.