Democrats in Pennsylvania and three other states are furious over a decision by Texas to challenge their election results in the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a brief filed Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro ripped the “bogus” grievances voiced by the Lone Star State, the Washington Examiner reported.
Democrats push back
According to the Examiner, Texas sued the swing states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin in the Supreme Court this week, alleging that the states managed their elections in an unfair and unconstitutional manner.
Support for the case, which President Donald Trump has called “the big one,” grew as the president filed to intervene and at least 17 Republican states — and over 100 Republican lawmakers — filed amicus briefs in support of Texas. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., and 21 Democrat-led states and U.S. territories filed a brief in support of the four defendants, the Examiner reported.
On Thursday, the swing states dismissed wholesale the notion that Texas suffered any harm from how they managed their own elections and accused the Lone Star State of seeking to “decimate” the United States electorate, according to Fox News, echoing long-standing accusations that Trump is trying to disenfranchise Americans with baseless claims of voter fraud.
In his brief, Shapiro said that Texas was trying to “dictate the manner in which four other states run their elections.”
“Texas has not suffered harm simply because it dislikes the result of the election, and nothing in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution supports Texas’s view that it can dictate the manner in which four other states run their elections,” he wrote, according to the Washington Examiner.
GOP charges forward
The chief complaint in the case is that the defendants violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution by usurping the authority of their state legislatures to make changes to election procedure — changes that undermined the integrity of the election, harming voters all across the country.
“When non-legislative actors in other States encroach on the authority of the ‘Legislature thereof’ in that State to administer a Presidential election, they threaten the liberty, not just of their own citizens, but of every citizen of the United States who casts a lawful ballot in that election — including the citizens of amici States,” Missouri and 16 other states said in their brief supporting Texas, according to Fox.
This comes after the Supreme Court dismissed a Republican challenge in Pennsylvania, the Washington Examiner noted. With the Electoral College set to meet in just a few days, many say that Trump is running out of time to challenge the results.
Texas filed its reply brief on Friday, setting the stage for the Supreme Court to make a decision.
“Defendant States do not credibly dispute either that they changed election statutes via non-legislative means or that the Electors Clause preempts such changes,” the Texas brief said, according to Fox. “Accordingly, Texas is likely to prevail on the merits.”