- President Donald Trump has filed a direct appeal with the US Supreme Court asking it to overturn three Pennsylvania Supreme Court decisions about counting ballots.
- He lost the election to President-elect Joe Biden more than a month ago.
- The Supreme Court has already rejected challenges to the election, and none of the 40 or so election lawsuits Trump and his allies have filed have succeeded.
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President Donald Trump has launched yet another legal challenge to the election he lost more than a month ago, asking the United States Supreme Court to invalidate three rulings from the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court over election laws.
Even in the unlikely event Trump would win the case, it does not necessarily mean he would win the state of Pennsylvania. And even if he won the state of Pennsylvania, he would not win the presidency. President-elect Joe Biden won 306 Electoral College votes, and losing Pennsylvania's 20 would still leave him with well more than the 270 he needs.
The lawsuit, announced Sunday night by the Trump campaign, asks that the US Supreme Court overturn three Pennsylvania Supreme Court rulings made in October and November of this year, all of which concern technicalities of how absentee ballots are handled. The Trump campaign's lawsuit argues that the state Supreme Court erred in those rulings, and that only the state legislature has the power to adjust election rules.
It is yet another addition to the 40 or so lawsuits Trump and his allies have filed over the election results. To date, they have won none of them.
The US Supreme Court previously rejected a lawsuit from Texas and more than a dozen other states, backed by Trump, seeking to challenge election procedures in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Before the presidential election, Pennsylvania Republicans brought a similar lawsuit over whether the state could count ballots that were mailed in by Election Day, but arrived at ballot processing centers later. A series of state and federal courts decided that those ballots would count. The Supreme Court was divided 4-4 on the issue, letting stand the lower court decision.
With Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, Republicans — now joined by Trump — appealed the case to the Supreme Court again, but it has not yet heard it.
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