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Did You Know the Supreme Court Will Finally Hear a Case This Fall on Election Law — Something They Punted on Back in December 2020? — Stewart Rhodes and Jonathon Moseley Weigh In (AUDIO)

State Legislatures are full of political hacks. We don’t trust them. Unfortunately, at times we trust courts – state or federal – even less.

Take, for instance, the 2020 presidential election.

In the lead-up to the 2020 primaries and general election, Democrat state officials in every battleground state and many others, implemented illegal unilateral decisions that radically enabled illegal voting contrary to established law. These baldly partisan decisions were challenged in courts across the nation, with courts either dismissing the acts as unimportant, refusing to take action, or else upholding the propriety of the acts.

And, of course, we know what happened after the election: bent state and federal courts doubled-down and rubber-stamped election fraud – and even sanctioned lawyers who fought election fraud.

And even the US Supreme Court refused to hear the Texas motion that would have nullified the presidential elections in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. SCOTUS claimed that Texas had not demonstrated a judicially recognizable interest in the manner.

Texas argued these four states violated the US Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or executive actions. But these states did not make the changes through the state legislatures as spelled out in the US Constitution.

At the time Justice Clarence Thomas argued in dissent that the Court failed to provide clear rules for future elections.

Thomas was right.  His closing money quote is:

“One wonders what the Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent,” Thomas wrote on Monday…

…For more than a century, this Court has recognized that the Constitution operates as a limitation upon the State in respect of any attempt to circumscribe the legislative power to regulate federal elections,” he continued, quoting Supreme Court precedent. “Because the Federal Constitution, not state constitutions, gives state legislatures authority to regulate federal elections, petitioners presented a strong argument that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision violated the Constitution by overriding the clearly expressed intent of the legislature.”

“But elections enable self-governance only when they include processes that give citizens (including the losing candidates and their supporters) confidence in the fairness of the election,” Thomas added, quoting a recent Supreme Court case that held, “Confidence in the integrity of our electoral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy.”

“Unclear rules threaten to undermine this system. They sow confusion and ultimately dampen confidence in the integrity and fairness of elections,” he explained. “To prevent confusion, we have thus repeatedly — although not as consistently as we should — blocked rule changes made by courts close to an election.”

Most Americans assumed that was the end of the 2020 election legal challenges.  But that is not the case.  One case will be argued before the US Supreme Court this fall that could change this formula.

“The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.”

The text makes it clear that the State Legislatures control the specifics of how elections run in their states unless Congress says otherwise. This is known as the “independent state legislature theory.” However, this is not, in fact, how things have been occurring. Gamesmanship by partisan state officials and even decisions of the legislatures have been challenged in state courts, with the states’ highest courts often trumping the will of the legislature.

Surprisingly, the Supreme Court has not, heretofore, explicitly ruled on this issue.

The Supreme Court will hear the Moore v. Harper case this fall.

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