Supreme Court tosses Arizona challenge to presidential election

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  

The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed another of the challenges to the Arizona election returns.

On Monday, the justices rejected the pleas of Kelli Ward, who chairs the Arizona Republican Party, who said she should have been given more time to ferret out what she contends was evidence that Donald Trump actually outpolled Joe Biden in Arizona. The court provided no explanation.

It isn’t just the Arizona case that the high court formally put to bed on Monday. They also turned away various challenges filed by the former president or his allies in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

But at least in the Pennsylvania case, there was some sentiment to review the legal issues, even though there was no chance it would change the outcome of the 2000 election.

“But a decision would provide invaluable guidance for future elections,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas.

There, he said, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made a decision about deadlines for counting votes that was contrary to what had been adopted by the state legislature. The state justices said that was justified by  “extraordinary and unprecedented” issues, including the pandemic, an increase in mail-in voting and postal services delays.


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February 2021