WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court officially dismissed a handful of cases related to the 2020 election on Monday, including disputes from Pennsylvania that split judges just before the election.
The cases the judges dismissed involved election challenges filed by former President Donald Trump and his allies in five states won by President Joe Biden: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Aside from the Pennsylvania disputes, the judges’ decision not to hear the cases was not surprising. The court had previously taken no action in these cases and in January rejected requests for expedited processing of cases, again suggesting that judges were not interested in hearing them.
At the same time, the judges ‘decision not to hear disputes in Pennsylvania involving a Republican challenge to state courts’ power over federal elections continued to elicit strong sentiments from some judges. On Monday, three of the nine judges said the court should have taken up the matter.
“A decision in these cases would have no bearing on the 2020 elections … But a decision would provide valuable guidance for future elections,” wrote Judge Samuel Alito. Judge Clarence Thomas and Judge Neil Gorsuch have also reportedly addressed the issue.
Thomas wrote that the court invited “further confusion and erosion of voter confidence” by not raising the issue.