The U.S. Third Circuit of Appeals in Pennsylvania on Friday rejected President Donald Trump's campaign appeal in their challenge of the state's election results, a move that Trump's lawyers said will allow them to expedite their lawsuits to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"On to SCOTUS!" they wrote, referring to the Supreme Court.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that the Trump campaign’s challenge doesn't have merit, saying that "voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections. The ballots here are governed by Pennsylvania election law."
The court also asserted that Trump's legal team did not provide evidence of their claims of fraud.
Earlier this week, the Trump campaign asked the appeals court to review a lower court decision that rejected their request to amend their claims in another complaint. They also asked the court for an injunction to block Pennsylvania’s certification of its votes.
Trump's lawsuit argued that mail-in ballots were handled separately in counties that leaned heavily Democratic, in contrast with counties that leaned Republican. Trump's campaign also said that some GOP poll observers were blocked from watching vote-tabulation efforts and could not witness the process or, more importantly, contest any alleged fraud or irregularities. In a hearing this week in front of GOP state senators in Pennsylvania, several witnesses, including one in Philadelphia, said that election officials forced them to stand sometimes as much as 200 feet away from the vote-counting.
The Third Court in their Friday ruling rejected both requests, saying that they saw no evidence that vote counting was carried out improperly or fraudulently.
"The Campaign tries to repackage these state-law claims as unconstitutional discrimination. Yet its allegations are vague and conclusory," the court found.
It also said that the remedy the campaign had asked for was "grossly disproportionate" to the challenge raised.
"Tossing out millions of mail-in ballots would be drastic and unprecedented, disenfranchising a huge swath of the electorate and upsetting all down-ballot races too," the judges ruled.
Ellis and Giuliani have both previously stipulated that they want to take their lawsuits to the Supreme Court.
The case is cited Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. v. Boockvar (District Court: 4:20-cv-02078; Appeals Court: 20-3371).