Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke out on Tuesday to call on the United States Supreme Court to hear an emergency appeal on Pennsylvania’s election results.
Cruz is referring to a lawsuit that was filed last month by Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) and GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell, who claimed that there was “universal mail-in voting unconstitutional in the state,” according to KDKA-TV. The media outlet added that had this lawsuit been successful, the result would have been throwing out “the votes of the majority of Pennsylvanians who voted by mail in the Nov. 3 election.”
After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the lawsuit unanimously, Kelly and Parnell filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Cruz wrote in a statement that the higher court should take the case because it has merit.
“This appeal raises serious legal issues, and I believe the Court should hear the case on an expedited basis,” Cruz wrote, adding that “the Pennsylvania Constitution requires in-person voting, except in narrow and defined circumstances.”
The senator, who has argued before the Supreme Court before as a lawyer, then pointed out that “late last year, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a law that purported to allow universal mail-in voting, notwithstanding the Pennsylvania Constitution’s express prohibition.”
Not stopping there, Cruz wrote “just over a month ago, Justice [Samuel] Alito, along with Justice [Clarence] Thomas and Justice [Neil] Gorsuch, wrote — correctly, I believe — concerning the Pennsylvania court’s previous decision to count ballots received after Election Day, that ‘there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution.'”
He added that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put the plaintiffs “in a Catch-22” by effectively telling them that “before the election, they lacked standing; after the election, they’ve delayed too long.”
“Ordinarily, the U.S. Supreme Court would stay out of election disputes, especially concerning state law,” he admitted. “But these are not ordinary times.”
“As of today, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, 39 percent of Americans believe that ‘the election was rigged.’ That is not healthy for our democracy,” Cruz wrote. “The bitter division and acrimony we see across the nation needs resolution.”
“And I believe the U.S. Supreme Court has a responsibility to the American people to ensure that we are following the law and following the Constitution,” he concluded. “Hearing this case-now, on an emergency expedited basis-would be an important step in helping rebuild confidence in the integrity of our democratic system.”