The Supreme Court in Pennsylvania on Saturday allowed the state to complete the certification of its presidential vote won by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The ruling reserved a temporary delay ordered by a lower-court and threw out a challenge filed by state Republicans.
The state’s highest court unanimously dismissed a lawsuit filed by a congressman and other Republican supporters of President Donald Trump.
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The lawsuit claimed that Pennsylvania’s decision to allow absentee voting on demand was illegal. But the justices said the lawsuit was filed only after Trump lost the election, and more than a year after the state first instituted a law allowing voting by mail.
“They would now flip the table, scattering to the shadows the votes of millions of Pennsylvanians,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) joined the lawsuit after he won re-election to the House of Representatives using the same system he’s now claiming was illegal. In their suit, Kelly and other plaintiffs asked the court to toss out millions of mail ballots.
President Donald Trump and his Republicans colleagues have now exhausted all legal options in Pennsylvania in their attempt to overturn election results.
The President may have no other means of persuading courts there to override the results unless the nation’s Supreme Court intervenes.
Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes and has been awarded its 20 electoral votes. President Trump has no path to victory without Pennsylvania.
In all, Biden won 306 electoral votes and leads President Trump by more than 6.2 million votes nationally.