The U.S Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a defeat to Republicans seeking to throw out up to 2.5 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania as they struggle to undo President Donald Trump's election loss, with the justices refusing to dam the state from formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The court during a brief order rejected an invitation by U.S congressman Mike Kelly, a Trump ally, and other Pennsylvania Republicans who filed a lawsuit after 3 november election arguing that the state's 2019 expansion of mail-in voting was illegal under state law.
Pennsylvania was one among the pivotal states within the election, with Biden, a Democrat, defeating Trump after the Republican president won the state in 2016. State officials had already certified the election results.
There were no noted dissents from any of the justices on the court, which features a 6-3 conservative majority including three Trump appointees. Trump had urged the Republican-led Senate to verify his most up-to-date nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, before polling day so she could participate in any election-related cases.
Trump has falsely claimed that he won re-election, making unfounded claims about widespread voting fraud in states including Pennsylvania. Democrats and other critics have accused Trump of going to reduce public confidence within the integrity of U.S elections and undermine democracy by trying to subvert the will of the voters.
"This election is over. We must still stop this circus of 'lawsuits' and move forward," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.,.
The Supreme Court also must decide what to try with another election-related case brought on Tuesday. Republican-governed Texas, hoping to assist Trump, mounted an unusual effort to overturn the election leads to Pennsylvania and three other states - Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin - by filing a lawsuit against them directly at the Supreme Court.
The Republican plaintiffs argued that the universal, "no-excuse" mail-in ballot program gone the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature in 2019, enabling voters to cast ballots by mail for any reason, violated the state's constitution.
Biden won Pennsylvania by 80,000 votes and received a way higher proportion of the mail-in votes than Trump. Many more people voted by mail this year due to health concerns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic as they sought to avoid crowds at polling places. Ahead of the election, Trump urged his supporters to not vote by mail, making groundless claims that mail-in voting - a longstanding feature of elections.Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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