Supreme Court Rejects Texas’ Election Lawsuit

The Supreme Court late Friday evening rejected a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas aimed at overturning the election results of four key battleground states that went to Joe Biden, essentially killing President Trump’s last best hope at reversing the election outcome. In the short response, the Court said that the state of Texas does not have legal standing to object to how another state runs its election. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections,” the Court said Friday in an unsigned opinion. Although the Court did not give a vote count, it’s reported by CNN that there were no dissenting votes. That would mean that President Trump’s three SCOTUS appointments, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett, all voted against allowing the lawsuit to continue. The two other conservatives on the Court, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said that they would have allowed the lawsuit to be heard but would have stopped short of blocking the four states from certifying their election results.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia; all states that Joe Biden won in 2020 and that President Trump won in 2016. On Wednesday, President Trump’s legal team filed a motion to add the President as a plaintiff. 21 other states had also signed on as plaintiffs in the suit.