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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Supreme Court dumps last of Donald Trump's election appeals challenging absentee ballots in Wisconsin - a state he lost to Joe Biden

 The Supreme Court on Monday disposed of the last of three cases brought to the justices by former President Donald Trump challenging his election loss, bringing a muted end to his quixotic quest in the courts that had been aimed at holding onto power.

The court without comment rejected Trump's appeal challenging thousands of absentee ballots filed in Wisconsin, an election battleground that the Republican businessman-turned-politician lost to Democrat Joe Biden by more than 20,000 votes. 

Biden became president on January 20.

The Supreme Court disposed of the last court case brought by former President Donald Trump to contest the 2020 presidential election

The Supreme Court disposed of the last court case brought by former President Donald Trump to contest the 2020 presidential election 

Former President Donald Trump continued to say that the election had been 'rigged' during his appearance eight days ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference

Former President Donald Trump continued to say that the election had been 'rigged' during his appearance eight days ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference 

It was the last of three petitions filed at the Supreme Court near the end of Trump's presidency that the justices declined to take up. 

The court on Feb. 22 turned away Trump's other two appeals - a second Wisconsin challenge and one relating to voting in Pennsylvania, another pivotal state Trump lost. 

Lower courts previously had ruled against Trump in those three cases.

It already was clear that the high court, which includes three justices appointed by Trump, had no intention to intervene in the cases and others filed by his allies because it did not act before Congress on January 6 certified Biden's victory. 


That formal certification was interrupted when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

The court on Monday also turned away another election related case filed by Trump ally Lin Wood, who had asked the justices to block the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia. 

The court never acted on the request and Democrats won both races, giving them narrow control of the Senate. 

Trump made his first post-White House appearance eight days ago at the Conservative Political Action Conference where he continued to claim that the election had been stolen from him. 

'This election was rigged. And the Supreme Court and other courts didn't want to do anything about it,' Trump said then. 'They didn't have the courage, the Supreme Court.'

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