Did the Supreme Court Decision Not to Take Texas Case Hurt the Constitution?

Did the Supreme Court Decision Not to Take Texas Case Hurt the Constitution?

(UnitedVoice.com) – For many of President Trump’s supporters, the Supreme Court ruling on Friday, December 11, was frustrating and disheartening. In the wake of this decision, did the Supreme Court hurt the Constitution they are sworn to protect? For over a month, President Trump and his allies argued that widespread voter fraud and voting irregularities might have cost him the election. On Saturday, Trump said his biggest concern wasn’t whether he won or lost, but that Joe Biden could be an illegitimate President of the United States.

However, the Constitutional questions about the case brought forth by Texas against four battleground states are profound and subtle. According to Trump’s legal team, the case was the end-all of the legal actions. The attorneys expected the high court to hear the case based on the overwhelming proof of fraud in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia.

In each of the four states, state courts and the State Supreme Courts already ruled against Trump. The president’s legal team’s hope was the US Supreme Court Justices would order the states to appoint electors favorable to Trump instead of ones dedicated to the popular vote in the respective states in question.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear the Case

On Friday, our analysis of the situation asked if a sovereign US state had the power to dictate to another how to conduct their elections? In the Texas legal case, the four states in question did not join the lawsuit, and their Republican-led legislatures were not willing to sign-on. This suggests the states are ready to move on from the 2020 election after losing court battles within their respective states.

However, the twenty states who did join believed that the election processes set up to allow for mail-in voting violated the respective state Constitutions. Therefore, the election outcome in the four states unfairly affected the national election for President of the United States, causing harm to their voters and citizens.

Supreme Court Rules for Federalism

Federalism is the legal principle for the separation of powers between the federal government and the states. Each state is sovereign in its affairs and is responsible for governing itself according to the 10th Amendment. The Constitution does not specify how elections are to be run, which is why elections are held at the state level.

The Supreme Court disagreed with the lawsuit’s merits and said the twenty states did not have standing to sue under Article III of the US Constitution. Seven justices ruled that the states had no legal basis and no compelling interest in how other states conduct elections. Therefore, the case was rejected. Justices Alito and Thomas were the only two to dissent with the agreement. They believed the Constitution required the high court to hear the case under the principle of original jurisdiction. However, they said they would not grant relief.

For the lawsuit to have merit, the seven justices seemed to be saying that the four-state legislatures or governors would need to sign on to it for standing to occur. While siding with federalism, the court upheld the Constitution and principles that hold the union together.

However, that doesn’t alter Trump’s concern about the legitimacy of a Biden presidency. On Saturday, Trump said the legal case is not settled, and his legal team is still fighting, regardless of the outcome of the Electoral College’s vote on Monday, December 14.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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