The 2020 election still hovers over the Supreme Court
April 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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People hold campaign flags supporting U.S. President Donald Trump outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin made a surprise re-entry into talks on a 2020 pandemic-relief package with a $916 billion proposal that opened a potential new path to a year-end deal despite objections from Democrats over elements of the plan. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
Five months after the presidential election and nearly 100 days into President Joe Biden's term, the Supreme Court is still considering whether to take up a case related to voting rights in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
(CNN)Five months after the presidential election and nearly 100 days into President Joe Biden's term, the Supreme Court is still considering whether to take up a case related to voting rights in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
But at their closed-door conference on Friday the justices discussed a case that has been lingering on the docket since just after the election, brought by a former GOP congressional candidate concerning a state Supreme Court decision that allowed an expansion of ballot deadlines amidst the pandemic.
"A majority of Supreme Court justices could well believe that state legislatures have extraordinary power when it comes to setting the rules for federal elections, even if it means overruling state supreme courts relying on state constitutions to limit legislative power," Hasen said.
Besides the constitutional question Thompson is also asking the justices to decide definitively what parties have the legal right to bring such challenges and to revisit the circumstances when courts should step in even if the case comes close to an election.
He said if the court were to step in now, it would be issuing an "advisory opinion" about the conduct of future elections" and he noted that the court has already declined to take up other cases concerning the same Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.