(Tea Party 247) – On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear cases challenging the way the presidential election was handled in the state of Pennsylvania.
The court did not issue any public explanation for why they did not opt to proceed, but Justice Clarence Thomas, the stalwart conservative on the court, issued a scathing dissent in which he slammed his colleagues for declining to take up a clearly critical case that has implications for all future elections, local and federal.
Thomas was joined by Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito in arguing that the court ought to have taken up the issue of the mail-in ballot deadline issue in the Keystone State.
“One wonders what this Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections,” Thomas wrote in the conclusion of his dissent, in which he detailed the validity of the Trump campaign and GOP lawsuits.
“The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent.”
BREAKING: The Supreme Court has denied Trump's Pennsylvania election challenge as moot. pic.twitter.com/6LTvvuMG52
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SCOTUS declines to take up a pair of leftover cases from the 2020 election. They involved the authority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to extend the state's mail-in ballot deadline. Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch say the court should have granted review. https://t.co/RkzsCeb1Hi
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He slammed the Pennsylvania Democrat officials who clearly changed voting rules when they did not have the constitutional authority to do so, and warned that this practice is bound to continue now that the high court has refused to settle it.
“Changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough. Such rule changes by officials who may lack authority to do so is even worse,” Thomas wrote. “When those changes alter election results, they can severely damage the electoral system on which our self-governance so heavily depends. If state officials have the authority they have claimed, we need to make it clear. If not, we need to put an end to this practice now before the consequences become catastrophic.”
He explained that this is not just an issue in Pennsylvania and that it “has not gone away.”
He noted to a case in North Carolina two years ago in which a congressional election was thrown out after it was revealed that absentee ballots had been tampered with.
“Because fraud is more prevalent with mail-in ballots, increased use of those ballots raises the likelihood that courts will be asked to adjudicate questions,” he wrote.
Read Thomas’ and Alito’s dissent:
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