Even as most of the GOP’s post-election court challenges have failed, Arizona Republicans are hoping their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be an important exception.
After the election integrity case was dismissed earlier this week by the state Supreme Court, Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward said an appeal to the nation’s highest court was in order.
“Smoke and mirrors”
Arguing that the plaintiffs had not been afforded due process based on the short deadlines imposed by lower court judges, Ward is hoping to find a friendlier reception at the Supreme Court.
“The media loves to say, ‘Show us the evidence,'” she said. “We found evidence, but then, we didn’t have enough time to do more discovery because they kept that evidence locked up.”
Ward continued by calling the process “smoke and mirrors,” asserting that “the people of Arizona see right through it” as “do the people of America as a whole.”
She and other Arizona Republican officials say they found ballots switched from President Donald Trump to Democratic nominee Joe Biden as well as votes for the president that had been wrongly rejected in an examination of 1,626 ballots.
If it is accepted, the case would mark the third election-related complaint to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court since Election Day.
“ZERO interest in the merits”
Of course, the number of ballots in question would not overcome Biden’s reported 10,600-vote lead in the state. It was unclear from available reports whether the plaintiffs had other evidence of voter fraud beyond the irregularities noted in the sample.
With the Electoral College set to vote on Monday, time is running out for the Trump campaign or other groups to seek a reversal of the Biden win reported by the mainstream media.
As it stands, Biden is expected to receive 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
While Trump has attempted to delay certification of certain swing-state votes, his efforts have proven unsuccessful thus far. Without a congressional challenge to a state’s slate of electors, the last remaining path to changing those certified votes seems to lie in the Supreme Court.
In response to the high court’s prior decision declining to hear another election challenge earlier in the week, Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court had ZERO interest in the merits of the greatest voter fraud ever perpetrated on the United States of America.”