Ohio Attorney General Yost Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Election Case

Dec 10, 2020

Ohio Attorney General David Yost
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s Republican attorney general is joining in part of the lawsuit Texas has filed against Pennsylvania. 

He's not asking for results in four battleground states that Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden won to be thrown out - which is what some Republicans were seeking. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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Ohio AG Dave Yost says in a statement he wants the Court to decide on the clause that says state legislatures set the rules for the Electoral College, not governors or judges. That’s similar to Yost’s filing in a case about absentee ballots that was dismissed in Pennsylvania. Ohio State University election law professor Ned Foley says this filing could settle a longstanding question about who sets election rules. 

“I think Attorney General Yost has a point about the need for clarity on this general proposition. I don’t think this Texas case is the right vehicle to decide the broader question.” 

But Yost said he disagreed with Texas’ call to halt the Electoral College vote on Monday. 42 House Republicans sent a letter to Yost asking him to join the suit as 17 other Republican AGs did, though it was widely considered a longshot lawsuit without merit.