DENVER — Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the election results by the state’s Republican Party, giving Donald Trump the presidency for a second time.
The Republican National Committee’s lawsuit argued that the Democratic-controlled legislature and election commission should have conducted an independent review of the results.
The lawsuit, filed by the Colorado Republican Party on behalf of the state party and the state Republican Party and brought by Democratic attorneys general, argued that Republican voters who have challenged the election result “were denied the right to participate in the political process.”
In a statement, Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak said he welcomed the Supreme Court decision, which could be appealed.
“This decision affirms that the rule of law and integrity of our elections are as important as the legitimacy of our results,” Mackowai said.
Democrats countered that the court’s ruling “makes clear that a constitutional challenge to a contested election is unconstitutional.”
The court’s decision, if upheld by the Supreme State, could also make it harder for Democrats to challenge the outcome of state legislative elections.
“We are confident that the Supreme Party will prevail on the merits.” “
The parties and the courts have agreed that the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause forbids the state from enacting any law that violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Zink said in the filing.
“We are confident that the Supreme Party will prevail on the merits.”
Trump won Colorado’s Electoral College vote by nearly 22,000 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The state Republican party has said that there was no credible evidence that Russian interference affected the outcome in the presidential election, though the FBI and congressional committees are investigating the matter.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the electors can cast their votes based on the results in their state, regardless of whether they are certified by the U.S. secretary of state.
A decision by the court to review the results could be the first step toward overturning the election.