The Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump’s last ditch effort to have the presidential election results in Pennsylvania overturned.
In a terse, 18-word ruling SCOTUS wrote, “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.” The justices said they would not block a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court that had rejected a challenge to the use of mail ballots in the state. There were no noted dissents.
At issue was a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Mike Kelly challenging the legality of the state’s law, passed in 2019, allowing voting by mail for any reason. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ruled against Kelly in November, noting that he could have challenged the law more than a year ago rather than waiting until after election results he didn’t like were announced.
The U.S. Supreme Court filing sought an order directing state officials not to certify Pennsylvania’s vote or “to nullify any such actions already taken. The request was directed to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., who is the member of the court responsible for emergency applications concerning rulings in the state.
The Pennsylvania case was the first to reach the Supreme Court. On Tuesday Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit directly with the high court claiming that election law changes in four battleground states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – violated federal election law. Most legal observers believe that action stands just about zero chance of being heard by the nine justices.