Undeterred by dismissals and admonitions from judges, U.S. President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign continued Sunday with its unprecedented efforts to overturn the outcomes of the Nov 3. election, saying it had filed a brand new petition with the U.S. Supreme Courtroom.
The petition seeks to reverse a trio of Pennsylvania Supreme Courtroom instances having to do with mail-in ballots and asks the courtroom to reject voters’ will and permit the Pennsylvania Normal Meeting to select its personal slate of electors.
Whereas the prospect of the best courtroom within the land throwing out the outcomes of a democratic election primarily based on unfounded fees of voter fraud is very unlikely, it would not change the result. President-elect Joe Biden would nonetheless be the winner even with out Pennsylvania due to his broad margin of victory within the electoral faculty.
“The petition seeks all appropriate remedies, including vacating the appointment of electors committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements,” Trump legal professional Rudy Giuliani stated in a press release.
He’s asking the courtroom to maneuver swiftly so it could possibly rule earlier than Congress meets on Jan. 6 to tally the vote of the electoral faculty, which decisively confirmed Biden’s win on Dec. 14 with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. However the justices are usually not scheduled to satisfy once more, even privately, till Jan 8, two days after Congress counts votes.
Pennsylvania final month licensed Biden because the winner of the state’s 20 electoral faculty votes after three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed authorized challenges.
Trump’s marketing campaign and his allies have now filed roughly 50 lawsuits alleging widespread voting fraud. Virtually all have been dismissed or dropped as a result of there isn’t a proof to assist their allegations.
Trump has misplaced earlier than judges of each political events, together with some he appointed. And a few of his strongest rebukes have come from conservative Republicans. The Supreme Courtroom has additionally refused to take up two instances — selections that Trump has scorned.
Concentrating on Pennsylvania as soon as once more
The brand new case is at the least the fourth involving Pennsylvania that Trump’s marketing campaign or Republican allies have taken to the Supreme Courtroom in a bid to overturn Biden’s victory within the state or at the least reverse courtroom selections involving mail-in balloting. Many extra instances have been filed in state and federal courts. Roughly 10,000 mail-in ballots that arrived after polls closed however earlier than a state court-ordered deadline stay in limbo, awaiting the best courtroom’s choice on whether or not they need to be counted.
The Trump marketing campaign’s submitting on Sunday seems to focus on three selections of Pennsylvania’s Democratic-majority state Supreme Courtroom.
In November, the state’s highest courtroom upheld a Philadelphia decide’s ruling that state regulation solely required election officers to permit partisan observers to have the ability to see mail-in ballots being processed, not stand shut sufficient to election staff to see the writing on particular person envelopes.
It additionally dominated that greater than 8,300 mail-in ballots in Philadelphia that had been challenged by the Trump marketing campaign due to minor technical errors — reminiscent of a voter’s failure to jot down their title, deal with or date on the outer poll envelope — ought to be counted. In October, the courtroom dominated unanimously that counties are prohibited from rejecting mail-in ballots just because a voter’s signature doesn’t resemble the signature on the individual’s voter registration kind.
The Pennsylvania Republican Get together has a pending petition on the state’s mail-in-ballot deadline through which the celebration particularly says in its attraction that it acknowledges the difficulty won’t have an effect on the result of the 2020 election.