Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects Pennsylvania GOP election rules challenge

 The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Photo: Al Drago/Getty Images

The Supreme Court won't take an appeal by Pennsylvania Republicans claiming that the state's secretary of state exceeded its authority when expanding deadlines for mail-in ballots last year due to the pandemic, according to NBC News.

Why it matters: This is another refusal by the Supreme Court to take up litigation regarding the 2020 presidential election, despite the efforts of GOP leaders and supporters of former President Trump to push baseless claims of voter fraud.

The big picture: The case was brought by former Republican congressional candidate Jim Bognet and four individual voters, who filed the lawsuit before the election to challenge a ruling by Pennsylvania's top court that mail-in ballots could be counted as long as they were "postmarked by Election Day and received up to three days later," per Reuters.

What's more: The judges were unanimous in their refusal to hear the case and their ruling was given with "no explanation and no noted dissents," per NBC.

  • The rejection was an expected outcome given the court's consistent refusal to hear similar suits regarding the 2020 election.
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