The court, unanimously decided to decide against Kelly and others, refused to block the vote on Saturday. Five of the seven justices wrote that they believed the lawsuit was filed too late, a year after the state’s absentee voting procedures were instituted and weeks after millions of Pennsylvania residents voted in good faith.
The court wrote in the majority opinion issued by the court: “It is unacceptable that the petitioners failed to act with due diligence in submitting the immediate prosecution.”
The Supreme Court said Republicans were unable to rewrite their grievance and try again.
The state’s lower courts said the lawsuit, filed weeks after Election Day, could bar counties from certifying votes, but the move was no longer relevant.
Judge Matthew Bran of the US District Court in Central District, Pennsylvania called the Trump campaign case a “Frankenstein’s monster” due to its poorly coherent legal theories.
The court’s advisory opinion also rejected Trump’s suggestion to reverse the Pennsylvania vote ratification, describing it as “unprecedented” and “impressive” as no fraud was alleged.
This story has been updated with additional information.