US Republican Party lawsuit sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 81,000 votes.

Iran PressAmerica: The US state of Pennsylvania’s supreme court has dismissed another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump, further reducing his already near-impossible odds of overturning the results.

A Republican lawsuit sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in the battleground state – which Joe Biden, who is projected by US media as the elected president, won by about 81,000 votes – or to throw out all votes and allow the state’s legislature to decide the winner.

The court dismissed both claims on Saturday in a unanimous decision, calling the second one an “extraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchises all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general election”.

The lawsuit argued that a Pennsylvania law from 2019 allowing universal mail-in voting was unconstitutional.

The judges said their November 21 challenge to the law was filed too late, coming more than a year after it was enacted and with the election results “becoming seemingly apparent.”

Pennsylvania officially certified Biden’s victory there on November 24. The lawsuit had also sought to stop certification.

Saturday’s decision follows a long line of similar ones, including a ruling the day before in which a federal appeals court flatly dismissed Trump’s claim that the election was unfair and refused to freeze Biden’s win in Pennsylvania.

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