Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pa. election results
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unimpressed by dismissals and admonitions from judges, President Donald Trump's campaign continued his unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of Sunday's November 3 election, saying he had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court.
The petition aims to undo a trio of Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases involving postal voting and calls on the court to reject the will of voters and allow the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select its own electoral roll.
While the prospect of the country's Supreme Court throwing out the results of a democratic election on unfounded allegations of electoral fraud is extremely unlikely, it would not change the outcome. President-elect Joe Biden would still be the winner even without Pennsylvania because of his large margin at Electoral College.
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"The petition seeks all appropriate remedial action, including revoking the appointment of voters committed to Joseph Biden and allowing the Pennsylvania General Assembly to select their replacements," Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in a statement.
He is asking the court to act quickly so it can decide before Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to count the electoral college vote, which decisively confirmed Biden's win with 306 votes against Trump's 232. The judges are not expected to meet again, even privately, until January 8, two days after Congress counts the votes.
Pennsylvania named Biden the winner of the state electoral college's 20 votes last month after a three-week vote count and a string of failed legal challenges.
Trump's campaign and his allies have now filed around 50 lawsuits over widespread election fraud. Almost all of them were fired or dropped because there was no evidence to back up their allegations.
Trump has lost to judges from both political parties, including some he has appointed. And some of his strongest reprimands come from Conservative Republicans. The Supreme Court has also refused to take up two cases - decisions Trump despised.
The new case marks at least the fourth involving Pennsylvania that Trump's campaign or Republican allies have taken to the Supreme Court to overturn Biden's victory in the state, or at least reverse court rulings related to mail-in votes. Many more cases have been filed in state and federal courts. Approximately 10,000 postal ballot papers received after the polls were completed but before a deadline ordered by the state court had expired remain pending a Supreme Court decision on whether to count them.
Trump campaign filing Sunday appears to be targeting three rulings from the Pennsylvania Democratic Majority Supreme Court.
In November, the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a Philadelphia judge that the electoral law required only partisan monitors to see ballot papers being processed and not close enough to poll workers to see writing on individual envelopes to see.
It was also decided that more than 8,300 postal ballot papers should be counted in Philadelphia that were challenged by the Trump campaign for minor technical errors - for example, because a voter did not write their name, address or date on the outer ballot envelope. In October, the court unanimously ruled that counties are prohibited from rejecting postal ballot papers simply because a voter's signature does not match the person's voter registration form.
The Pennsylvania Republican Party has a pending petition on the state election date in which the party expressly declares in its appeal that it recognizes the problem and will not affect the outcome of the 2020 election.
Levy reported from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Washington associate press writer Mark Sherman contributed to this report.
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