Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Supreme Court Rejects Pennsylvania GOP Mail-In Ballot Challenge; 'Inexplicable': Alito and Thomas Dissent as SCOTUS Strikes Down PA Election Lawsuit

Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP
Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania GOP mail-in ballot challenge:
The Supreme Court won’t take up a challenge over Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballots, striking a blow to a Republican effort against extending deadlines beyond Election Day.
The high court rejected the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s lawsuit on Monday against state officials, which claimed the Pennsylvania secretary of state illegally changed mail-in voting requirements and extended deadlines for the November 2020 election.
Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel A. Alito, and Justice Neil M. Gorsuch would have granted the case, saying the question over whether state legislatures should dictate the manner of elections over non-legislative officials should be decided. --->READ MORE HERE
'Inexplicable': Alito and Thomas Dissent as Supreme Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit:
On Monday, the Supreme Court threw out several of the remaining challenges to the 2020 presidential election as moot, considering that former President Donald Trump conceded to Joe Biden, who has now become president. Yet Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented, arguing that the Supreme Court should have taken the opportunity to clarify election law, especially in the case of Pennsylvania.
“The Constitution gives to each state legislature authority to determine the ‘Manner’ of federal elections,” Thomas wrote. “Yet both before and after the 2020 election, nonlegislative officials in various States took it upon themselves to set the rules instead. As a result, we received an unusually high number of petitions and emergency applications contesting those changes.”
Thomas argued that the cases Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Veronica DeGraffenreid (2021) and Jake Corman v. Pennsylvania Democratic Party (2021) presented “a clear example” of election law issues that the Supreme Court should put to rest. “The Pennsylvania Legislature established an unambiguous deadline for receiving mail-in ballots: 8 p.m. on election day. Dissatisfied, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended that deadline by three days.” --->READ MORE HERE
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