Fair Elections Are Worth Fighting For

On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz released a statement asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an emergency motion filed by two Republican congressional candidates challenging the election results certified by Pennsylvania.

As reported by The Blaze:

Last month, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) and GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell filed a lawsuit in their home state that declared "universal mail-in voting unconstitutional in the state," according to KDKA-TV, who reported that the suit, if successful, would have resulted in throwing out "the votes of the majority of Pennsylvanians who voted by mail in the Nov. 3 election."

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously threw out the order, so Kelly and Parnell filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. high court. Sen. Cruz says the case has merit.

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court believes that the case no longer has standing, as Senator Cruz explained in his statement, now is the perfect time to bring this kind of claim:

"In the current appeal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed the claim based on a legal doctrine called ‘laches,' which essentially means the plaintiffs waited too long to bring the challenge. But, the plaintiffs reasonably argue that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not applied that doctrine consistently and so they cannot selectively enforce it now.

He continued:

"Even more persuasively, the plaintiffs point out that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has also held that plaintiffs don't have standing to challenge an election law until after the election, meaning that the court effectively put them in a Catch-22: before the election, they lacked standing; after the election, they've delayed too long. The result of the court's gamesmanship is that a facially unconstitutional election law can never be judicially challenged."

It is important that election integrity issues are given the chance to be litigated to preserve the fairness of the U.S. election system. Senator Cruz concluded:

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. 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. 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.

In Arizona, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner has granted the request of Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward asking to examine ballots to audit them for irregularities:

Warner issued the order from the bench after an hour-long preliminary hearing Monday that occurred as state officials were certifying the election. It was the first major proceeding in an election contest pursued by Ward, who's attempting to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in Arizona by having a judge void the results.

Her challenge, which could not formally be filed until after certification, relies on a state law that allows voters to dispute election results if they suspect misconduct by election officials, illegal votes or an inaccurate count.

The ability to litigate the alleged problems at issue in the Pennsylvania and Arizona cases is a necessary safeguard and, in some cases, may be the only way for stakeholders to remedy problems with the election system.

Some may be discouraged by the problems that the American election system experienced resulting from the drastic changes made by liberals under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, an imperfect system is never an excuse not to vote as RNLA Co-Chair Harmeet Dhillon noted on Twitter earlier today:

RNLA remains dedicated to promoting open, fair, and honest elections, and we hope you will join us. The fairness of the U.S. election system is worth fighting for.