Supreme Court Tosses Texas Lawsuit Seeking to Undo Presidential Election Results

Supreme Court Tosses Texas Lawsuit Seeking to Undo Presidential Election Results

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an attempt by President Trump to overturn the election results in four states carried by President-elect Joe Biden.

In an unsigned order, the court noted that Texas, which filed suit against Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas indicated they did not believe the court possessed the authority to reject Texas’s request.

Trump’s unsubstantiated and false claims following his election loss resulted in the lawsuit, which found support among more than one hundred Republican congressmen and 17 attorneys general in states Trump won. Other lawsuits backed by the president in several states have been thrown out by the dozens — more than fifty compared with one minor procedural win thus far.

Trump had written on Twitter that Texas’s lawsuit was the “big one” that “everyone has been waiting for.” The lawsuit alleged that since vote-by-mail procedures were adjusted in those four states due to the coronavirus, their election results should not stand. However, the lawsuit declined to ask the court to discount votes in any state Trump won where voting procedures were also altered, including Texas itself.

The Electoral College is expected to meet Monday to formally select the next president, with Biden currently holding 306 electoral votes. The former vice president also boasts a popular vote margin of more than 7 million.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.