Even the two judges, who said they did not immediately deny the lawsuit, made it clear that they did not uphold the complaint’s claims.
The US Supreme Court has finally ended a conservative contestation of the election results in four battlefield states.
According to National Public Radio, the judges give a simple, brief appointment. In it, the bank stated that the lawsuit, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has been dismissed for “malpractice”.
Texas, backed by President Donald Trump and a coalition of other Republican states and lawmakers, tried to sue Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. In the complaint, Paxton alleged that every state had facilitated electoral fraud by changing electoral laws that made it easier for people to vote remotely.
However, neither Paxton nor his allies were able to produce evidence that election fraud had actually occurred.
The lack of compelling evidence is central to the Supreme Court’s decision to blame the lawsuit. NPR notes that in order for a state to bring a case to court, it usually has to demonstrate that it or its interests have been harmed by the wrongdoing or negligence of another party.
But Texas couldn’t show that any of its four opponents had hurt it in any way.
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“Texas has shown no judicial interest in the way another state conducts its elections,” the Supreme Court order said.
Judges Samuel Alito and Thomas Clarence – both Conservatives – considered that the court “has no discretion to refuse to lodge a notice of appeal in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction”.
However, Alito and Clarence made their position clear, saying that while they had not directly denied the Texas complaint, they had not given Paxton or Trump any of the relief they requested.
If it were up to Texas, millions of legally cast ballots could have been discounted.
Critics of the lawsuit noted the irony of a conservative coalition trying to override individual states’ right to create their own election codes and protocols.
Earlier this week, Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, tipped a brief argument that Texas was seeking an overtly unconstitutional relief.
“Texas invites this court to overturn the votes of the American people and elect the next President of the United States,” wrote Carr. “This Faustian invitation must be firmly refused.”
“Georgia has done what the Constitution was allowed to do,” he added. Georgia “implemented electoral processes, administered elections in the face of the logistical challenges of COVID-19, and ratified and ratified the election results – over and over again.
“Still, Texas sued Georgia.”
CNN notes that not a single Supreme Court judge – three of whom were appointed by President Trump himself – showed the slightest degree of openness to Paxton and the Commander in Chief’s allegations of election fraud.
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