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Rapid Response Alert
November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— All 159 of Georgia’s counties must begin the hand recount by Friday, November 13 at 9:00 AM, according to an official from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Counties are permitted to start the manual recount today if they are prepared to do so. The full recount must completed by midnight on Wednesday, November 18th.

Stay informed about the recount in Georgia.

LAST UPDATED: 2:00 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The latest lawsuit challenging the 2020 presidential election results has been filed in federal court in Georgia. Four Republican voters have sued Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Democratic-leaning counties throughout the state in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. These counties include but are not limited to: Chatham County, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County. President-elect Joe Biden currently leads President Donald Trump in Georgia by 14,000+ votes, with almost all of the absentee and in-person ballots counted. Similar to other Republican legal challenges filed around the country, the lawsuit relies on false claims of voter fraud in an attempt to cast doubt over the election results.

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: 1:45 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Trump Campaign has sued Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the State Board of Canvassers, Wayne County and the Wayne County Board of County Canvassers in federal court in Michigan. Leveling unfounded claims of voter fraud, the lawsuit seeks to block the Secretary of State and Wayne County—Michigan’s largest county—from certifying the results of the 2020 election. Last week, the Trump Campaign filed a similar challenge in state court to try and stop counting ballots in Michigan. The lawsuit was dismissed.

The latest lawsuit joins other meritless legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign and by Republicans across the country aimed at undermining public confidence in the 2020 election results. So far, nearly all of the lawsuits filed by the Republicans have been thrown out in 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 11:30 AM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Trump Campaign has sued Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and seven county board of elections in federal court in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit seeks to halt the Secretary of State and Board of Elections in Allegheny, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Northampton counties from certifying the results of the 2020 election. This effort joins other meritless legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign and by Republicans across the country aimed at undermining public confidence in the 2020 election results. So far, nearly all of the lawsuits filed by the Republicans have been thrown out in 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 1:45 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Arizona Democratic Party has moved to intervene in the latest effort by the Trump Campaign and the RNC to undermine the confidence in the validity of the 2020 election. Last week, a right-wing group filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court, challenging the use of Sharpie permanent markers as a ballot marking device. The lawsuit gave rise to an online conspiracy theory—#SharpieGate—that alleges that Arizona voters were intentionally given Sharpie markers so that their votes would not be counted. The baseless claims were swiftly debunked by Maricopa County Election Officials, who confirmed that Sharpies do not invalidate ballots. On Saturday, the right-wing group voluntarily moved to drop the case.

After the case was dismissed, the Trump Campaign and RNC filed a nearly identical lawsuit in Arizona Superior Court. According to the Arizona Democratic Party, the GOP lawsuit seeks to “throw the processing of ballots into disarray well past the eleventh hour, when nearly all ballots have been processed and counted.”

This lawsuit joins other legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign and by Republicans across the country aimed at delaying the counting and processing of ballots.

Read about the lawsuit here.

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

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LAST UPDATED 5:15 PM ET
Rapid Response Alert
November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Over the weekend, right-wing group Public Interest Legal Foundation quietly asked Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahoney to dismiss a lawsuit that contested the use of Sharpie permanent markers by some election officials in Maricopa County, Arizona. The notice of dismissal comes two days after the Arizona Democratic Party intervened in the case to ensure the processing of ballots.

The lawsuit has fueled an online conspiracy known as #SharpieGate, which falsely claims that any Arizona voter who marked their ballot with a Sharpie marker would not have their vote counted. The baseless claim was quickly debunked by Maricopa County Election Officials, who made clear that Sharpies “do not invalidate ballots” and that the county actually “preferred Sharpies at vote centers because they dry quickly.”

This lawsuit joins other legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign and by Republicans across the country aimed at delaying the counting and processing of ballots.

Read about the lawsuit here.

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

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LAST UPDATED 3:30 PM ET