Feb. 22 — On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed many remaining legal challenges linked to the attempts of former President Donald Trump to reverse the presidential election in 2020. Eight cases that disputed voting practices in many states where President Joe Biden won, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, were rejected by the high court.The Republican Party of Pennsylvania filed one of the cases to appeal a decision by the state supreme court that allowed mail-in ballots to be counted as long as they were postmarked on Election Day, Nov. 3, and were received by Nov. 6.
The state made the transition to accommodate difficulties imposed by the pandemic of COVID-19 and the move was upheld by the top court of Pennsylvania.The suit was dismissed as moot by the Supreme Court on Monday. Three judges, Clearance Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, challenged the decision to reject the case in Pennsylvania. Just about 10,000 ballots resulted from the attempt to extend the deadline, which would not have changed Biden’s victory in the state, because he won by 80,000 votes.Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas said the case was worth hearing because potential election conflicts could be influenced by it.
“That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election,” wrote Thomas. “But in the future, that might not be the case.”These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. The refusal to do so is unacceptable.”Two lawsuits opposing Biden’s wins in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were also dismissed by the Supreme Court on the grounds of similar mail-in ballot arguments, as well as charges brought by Trump supporters in Michigan, Georgia and Arizona, all of which were Biden-carried states.