Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The US Supreme Court puts an end to presidential election disputes – International


The United States Supreme Court on Monday officially ended all eight ongoing disputes related to the November 3, 2020 US presidential election, Reuters reports.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies had opened several lawsuits challenging various election results and procedures, including extending the deadline for voting by mail in the state of Pennsylvania.

Judges rejected appeals by the Pennsylvania Republican Party and some Republican lawmakers in the state legislature against the state’s highest court order to count the votes mailed by election day and received over the next three days.

The US Supreme Court consists of nine judges, six of whom are currently conservative. Three of them – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – expressed an opinion against rejecting the Pennsylvania case.

Republican Trump failed to secure a new presidential term, being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden. In Pennsylvania, the current president received more than 80,000 votes more than his predecessor. The dispute concerned less than 10,000 votes.

The court also rejected two Trump appeals regarding the results of the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin elections. The appeals were motivated by the alleged invalidity of the rules for voting by mail, according to Agerpres.

The US Supreme Court has also blocked two lawsuits against Donald Trump

The US Supreme Court ordered in late January the cessation of legal proceedings against former President Donald Trump initiated under a constitutional provision prohibiting the head of state from accepting foreign income if it has not been approved by Congress, informs AFP and Reuters.

According to the decision of the Supreme Court, two lawsuits concerning in particular the Trump hotel in Washington will be stopped by the lower courts that had accepted them. In one of the cases, the applicants – the District Attorney’s Office and a political monitoring group – had asked the Court to reject the former White House leader’s appeals on the grounds that the dispute would end once the presidential term ended. The Supreme Court has decided to close the case without hearing Trump’s appeals.



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