Election 2020

Judge Skeptical of Massachusetts Republicans' Election Suit

The lawsuit claims that no-excuse mail-in voting is unconstitutional

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The lawsuit filed this week by five Republicans who lost their bids for the U.S. or state House of Representatives seeks an order decertifying the election results in the state, where Democrat Joe Biden won about 66% of the vote.

The lawsuit alleges that no-excuse mail-in voting is unconstitutional and includes other claims similar to those brought by President Donald Trump and his allies that have been swatted down dozens of times by judges in battleground states.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said during a hearing held by telephone that the timing of the lawsuit is suspect, The Boston Herald reported.

“You’re asking me to invalidate an entire election that just happened, which just strikes me as — it’s not just unfair to me and the courts and the attorney general’s office and too late and misplaced, but just terribly unfair to all the people that showed up to vote in this election in the middle of a pandemic in order to make their voices heard,” she said.

The judge set a hearing for next Thursday on the Republicans’ request for a preliminary injunction, through she said “there’s nothing specific whatsoever in your complaint that leads me to believe there’s going to be any basis for granting” the request.

John Paul Moran, one of the Republicans who brought the case, said he believed they presented a “very, very strong case.”

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