The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday defeated Republicans seeking to throw out 2.5 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania as President Donald Trump seeks to undo the election loss, with Biden winning there as judges refused to formally block President-elect Joan.
The court briefly rejected a request made by U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly and other Pennsylvanian Republicans to sue after the Nov. 3 election. He argued that the expansion of mail-in voting in 2019 was illegal under state law. .
Pennsylvania was one of the key states in the election with Biden, the Democrat party that defeated Trump there after the Republican president won the state in 2016. State officials have already confirmed the election results.
There were no noticeable disagreements from any of the judges in the court, which has a 6-3 traditional majority, including three Trump appointments.
Trump has asked the Republican-led Senate to confirm his recent nominee, Justice Amy Connie Barrett, before the election so she can participate in any election-related cases.
Trump has wrongly claimed that he won the re-election, making baseless claims about widespread vote fraud in states including Pennsylvania.
Democrats and other critics have accused Trump of aiming to undermine democracy by undermining public confidence in the integrity of the U.S. election and trying to stifle the will of voters.
“This election is over. We must stop the circus of these lawsuits and move forward,” Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro wrote on Twitter.
Republicans have argued that the universal, “sorry” mail-in ballot program, approved in 2019 by the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature, allows voters to cast ballots by mail for any reason, in violation of the state constitution.
Biden won Pennsylvania by 80,000 votes and received a higher percentage of mail-in votes than Trump. Many people voted by mail this year because of health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the run-up to the election, Trump urged his supporters not to vote by mail, as mail-in voting – a long-standing feature of the American election – is rife with fraud.
The Supreme Court should also decide what to do with another election-related case brought up on Tuesday. In a bid to help Trump, the Republican government has made an extraordinary effort to manipulate election results in three states – Texas, Pennsylvania and Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin – by suing them directly in the Supreme Court.