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Rapid Response Alert
November 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— This morning, the Trump campaign deposited $3 million to the Wisconsin Election Commission, signaling that Trump intends to move ahead with a recount in the state. So far, the payment covers recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties. The exact counties will not be finalized until the campaign officially files for a recount.

In Wisconsin, the losing candidate has the right to request a recount if the margin is less than one percent. However, because President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a margin of 0.7%, or about 20,000 votes, the Trump Campaign must prepay the cost of the recount upfront. If the Trump Campaign wants a statewide recount, they must pay nearly $8 million by tonight at 5:00 PM CT. Once paid for and finalized, the recount would begin this Friday. The recount must be completed by Tuesday, December 1.

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LAST UPDATED 11:00 AM
Rapid Response Alert
November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have refused to certify the November 3rd election results. In a Board meeting tonight, the Republican members voted against certification because “many precincts in the county were out of balance by a few votes.” Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch called the decision “reckless and irresponsible.”

Wayne County is Michigan’s largest county and overwhelmingly voted for President-elect Joe Biden by more than 300,000 votes. Historically, the Board of Canvassers has voted to adopt the results in a bipartisan and uniform fashion, making the split on party-lines alarming. The State Board of Canvassers will now have to step in to certify the Wayne County Election, which is composed of two Democrats and two Republicans.

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LAST UPDATED 7:00 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Right-wing lawyers have withdrawn four lawsuits challenging the 2020 election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All four lawsuits alleged that election officials had  “included ‘illegal’ Presidential elector results in certain counties” and asked the court to stop all certification of results. The lawsuits were voluntarily dismissed this morning, bringing the Republicans’ post-election record to 1-24 in court.

Learn more about the lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin

For more information about Democracy Docket’s post-election litigation, visit this page.

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LAST UPDATED 2:45 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Michigan state court has dismissed the latest Republican challenge of the 2020 election results. In today’s ruling, Michigan Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny denied the Republicans’ request to halt the certification of election results in Detroit and Wayne counties. In a fiery opinion, Judge Kenny called the two GOP challengers’ interpretation of events at the TCF Center—the venue where votes were being counted on election night and in the days after—”incorrect and not credible.” “It would be an unprecedented exercise of judicial activism for this Court to stop the certification process of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers,” Kenny wrote in his opinion.

All claims, including a request for an independent audit in Detroit, were rejected by the court. This is the third time a court has blocked GOP efforts to disrupt vote counting in Michigan. President-elect Joe Biden carried Michigan by more than 145,000 votes over President Donald Trump.

Read the full opinion here.

For more information about Democracy Docket’s post-election litigation, visit this page.

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LAST UPDATED 6:00 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Trump Campaign’s #SharpieGate lawsuit in Arizona has officially run out of gas. Following yesterday’s hearing, Republicans dropped their claims regarding the presidential race, given the state’s tabulation of votes for president statewide. The Trump Campaign and RNC had filed the lawsuit, following a failed effort by a right-wing group challenging the use of Sharpie permanent markers as a ballot marking device. The pair of lawsuits—known as #SharpieGate—alleged that the use of Sharpies led to thousands of votes not being counted in Maricopa County. Maricopa County election officials quickly debunked the baseless claims and confirmed that Sharpies do not invalidate ballots.

The Arizona Democratic Party moved to intervene in the lawsuit—and today they won. Today’s filing is the latest blow to the Trump Campaign’s effort to undermine the validity of the 2020 election results. So far, nearly all lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies have been thrown out of court.

Read about the lawsuit here.

For more information about Democracy Docket’s post-election litigation, visit this page.

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LAST UPDATED 12:15 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The latest Republican lawsuit challenging the 2020 presidential election results has been filed in federal court in Wisconsin. Three Republican voters, represented by right-wing group True the Vote, have sued Governor Tony Evers, the members of the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC), and the clerks of three Democratic-leaning counties—Menominee, Dane, and Milwaukee Counties.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results, citing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in key counties where President Donald Trump lost to president-elect Joe Biden. A nearly identical lawsuit was filed in Georgia earlier today.

This legal challenge joins other meritless lawsuits filed by the Trump Campaign and the Republicans across the country. So far, nearly all of the lawsuits filed by the Trump Campaign and the Republicans have been thrown out of court.

Read about the lawsuit here.

For more information about Democracy Docket’s post-election litigation, visit this page.

LAST UPDATED: 9:00 PM ET

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