The US state of court dismissed another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump on Saturday, further reducing his already near-impossible odds of overturning the results.
A Republican lawsuit had sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in the battleground state that president-elect Joe Biden won by about 81,000 votes â or to throw out all votes and allow the stateâs legislature to decide the winner.
The court dismissed both claims in a unanimous decision, calling the second one an âextraordinary proposition that the court disenfranchise all 6.9 million Pennsylvanians who voted in the general electionâ.
The lawsuit argued that a Pennsylvania law from 2019 allowing universal mail-in voting was unconstitutional.
The judges said that their Nov 21 challenge to the law was filed too late, coming more than a year after it was enacted and with the election results âbecoming seemingly apparentâ.
Pennsylvania officially certified Bidenâs victory there on Nov 24.
The lawsuit had also sought to stop certification.
Saturdayâs decision follows a long line of similar ones, including a ruling the day before in which a federal appeals court flatly dismissed Trumpâs claim that the election was unfair and refused to freeze Bidenâs win in Pennsylvania.
Trump has refused to give up on his claims of fraud in the Nov 3 election despite his repeated court defeats, tweeting bizarre conspiracy theories and vowing to continue his legal fight.
On Thursday, he said for the first time that he would leave the White House if Biden is officially confirmed the winner by the Electoral College on Dec 14.
But on Friday he tweeted that âBiden can only enter the White House as president if he can prove that his ridiculous â80,000,000 votesâ were not fraudulently or illegally obtainedâ.
Biden, who is to be sworn in on Jan 20, won 306 votes in the Electoral College to Trumpâs 232.
The president-elect has said that Americans âwonât standâ for attempts to derail the vote outcome. â AFP