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  • After Election Day in the US, all eyes were on these states, where 

  • ….this was happening

  • These poll workers are counting ballots that would decide the outcome of this election.  

  • But there's another reason why these states are critical. Republican lawyers have filed

  • lawsuits in each one of these places, in an attempt to sue their way to electoral victory

  •   The one in Pennsylvania is about whether a

  • portion of the ballots should be counted.

  • Like everywhere else in the US, Pennsylvania had a mix of in-person and mail-in voting,

  • and the difference between which type of voting Trump and Biden voters chose was huge

  • All of these mail-in votes that arrived before Election Day, couldn't be counted until

  • thenAnd ordinarily in Pennsylvania, any ballots

  • that arrive after Election Day, don't count at all

  • But because of the pandemic and mail delays, the state's highest court ruled that any

  • ballots postmarked on Election Day, and received up to 3 days after, would be counted.

  • But that batch of votes became contentiousThe Trump campaignthey want these ballots

  • that arrive in the three day window after the election thrown out. // It's because Democrats

  • in this election were much more likely to vote by mail than Republicans were

  • So the Trump campaign filed a motion with the US Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania

  • court decision, and throw out any ballots received after Election Day

  • Should those three extra days of ballots matter, we believe we'll prevail in the Supreme

  • Court

  • Their hope is that the conservative-majority Supreme Court will back them up.

  • But what is the role of the Supreme Court in this electionand for the future?

  • This promises to be one of the closest races in American presidential history” 

  • The 2000 presidential race looms large over the question of whether a Supreme Court could

  • step in to decide the fate of an election

  • In that case, the race came down to a single state, Florida, where the Supreme Court halted

  • a recountwhich handed George W. Bush the presidency,

  • with only 537 votes over Al Gore. It was an extremely close race

  • I'm honored and I guess I better write an inaugural speech

  • But the 2020 election is entirely different. Republican lawyers have filed lawsuits in

  • several states but they likely won't alter the course of the electionthat's because

  • they involve a small percentage of ballots in comparison to Biden's lead

  • like one in Georgia that involved allegations of only 53 missing ballots, a state that Biden

  • had been leading by nearly 2,000 votes by November 6. 

  • or another in Pennsylvania, which involved 93 ballots that had errors fixed, where Joe

  • Biden was leading by at least 7,000 votesEven a lawsuit in Nevada, which involves allegations

  • of 3,000 out-of-state voters, wouldn't do much in a state where Joe Biden was already

  • ahead by 22,000 votesSo you're seeing these kind of rinky dink

  • lawsuits in a few states. I mean, they're hard to take seriously

  • This is Ian Millhiser, he covers the Supreme Court for Vox

  • I think some of theselawsuits are more about creating a press narrative than they

  • are about actually trying to win any kind of legal dispute

  • There are some serious allegations out there that deserve being pursued 

  • The rule of law has lost its grip on the election process.

  • In other words, they sow distrust among Trump

  • supporters, who are showing up to polling locations claiming, without evidence, that

  • the process isn't fair

  • It's left the voting system wide open to voter fraud.

  • Joe Biden's covering up this election, he's stealing it!

  • Stop the count! Stop the countThey claim that there is evidence of voter

  • fraud, they still haven't produced evidence of that

  • The president's allegations of large scale fraud and theft of the election are just not substantiated.

  • There is one thing that I'm really worried about, this Pennsylvania

  • lawsuit rests on a really radical and transformational theory

  • Ian is referring to the Trump campaign's request that the Supreme Court throw out ballots

  • received within 3 days of the election. That motion also won't alter the results,

  • because when Joe Biden won Pennsylvania to become the president elect,

  • those late-arriving ballots weren't included in the official counts, they had been set

  • aside pending a rulingBut what makes the lawsuit radical is that

  • after the state supreme court granted a ballot extension in September,

  • Pennsylvania Republicans took it to the US Supreme Court a month later, as part of an

  • attack on mail-in voting.  A 4-4 tied decision, without Amy Coney-Barrett,

  • upheld the law, which is why Pennsylvania kept the extension

  • But the 4 conservative justices indicated how they might rule on future election laws

  • And that would depend on a line in the Constitution about howstate legislaturesshould

  • determine thetime, place, and manner of holding elections.” 

  • he way that that wordlegislaturehas always been interpreted, going back at least

  • more than a century, is that the wordlegislaturemeans whatever the valid law- making process

  • is within that stateIn addition to literal state legislatures,

  • that includes the state constitutions, the state supreme courts that interpret those

  • laws, and the governor's right to veto election laws

  • But there are at least four justices who think that the word legislature should be read sort

  • of hyper literally, meaning only the legislative branch of the state

  • Which means the state legislature alone could drastically impact voting rights

  • And in states with Republican-led state legislatures, which are a majority of them, that would mean

  • they would have the ability to create election

  • laws that manufacture electoral advantages for Republicans in future elections

  • Actions like gerrymandering electoral districts, voter ID laws which target Democratic voters,

  • and closing polling places in Democratic districtsAnd, unlike Democratic legislatures, they

  • could look to the conservative majority Supreme Court for support.

  • Will the legitimate winner of the presidential

  • election be sworn in as president on January 20? I'm pretty confident that's going to happen

  • but if the question you're asking me is, do I feel comfortable with the long term health

  • of US democracy? No, not at all

After Election Day in the US, all eyes were on these states, where 

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