Supreme Court Denies Request to Overturn Pennsylvania's Election Results
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results, which named President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in the state.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a single statement regarding the appeal: "The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied."
According to the BBC, President Donald Trump’s lawyers have filed dozens of lawsuits across the country disputing the election results. Biden has presumptively defeated Trump by a margin of 306 to 232 votes in the U.S. electoral college.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has certified the state’s results.
Previously, Trump supporters asked the Pennsylvania state court to overturn the governor’s certification of the election results, but that request was denied.
Lawyers for the state and Wolf called the case "fundamentally frivolous.”
"No court has ever issued an order nullifying a governor's certification of presidential election results," said J. Bart Delone, Pennsylvania’s chief deputy attorney general. "The loss of public trust in our constitutional order resulting in this kind of judicial power would be incalculable."
Greg Teufel, a lawyer in the case, said he will file a separate request to ask the Supreme Court to consider the case on its underlying merits on an expedited basis.
Trump won Pennsylvania in the 2016 presidential election. This year, Biden beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state, according to The Associated Press.
University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck told CNN that the Supreme Court’s quick rejection shows that the highest court in the country is not getting involved in election result challenges.
"The fact that the justices issued a one-sentence order with no separate opinions is a powerful sign that the court intends to stay out of election-related disputes, and that it's going to leave things to the electoral process going forward," Vladeck said.
"It's hard to imagine a more quietly resounding rejection of these challenges from this court," he concluded.
The Electoral College will cast their votes on December 14, officially bringing the election to an end.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.