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Rapid Response Alert
November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump Campaign has filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking to stop the Philadelphia County Board of Elections from counting ballots until Republican observers are present.

Read the lawsuit here.

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

LAST UPDATED 4:45 PM ET
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Rapid Response Alert
November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Wednesday, the Trump Campaign and Republican poll challenger Eric Ostergen sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in the Michigan Court of Claims. The lawsuit claims that Ostergen was excluded from watching the absentee ballot counting board and that the state had violated the Michigan Constitution and Michigan election law by processing ballots without allowing poll watchers to view video footage of voters placing ballots in drop boxes. The Trump Campaign asked the court to: 1) stop the counting of absentee ballots until an election inspector from each party is present at each absentee counting board and until video is made available to challengers of each ballot box; and 2) immediately set aside all ballots that are not being “inspected and monitored” as described.

The Democratic National Committee intervened in the lawsuit—and today they won. In a hearing this morning, Judge Cynthia Stephens denied the Trump Campaign’s request for immediate relief to stop the counting of ballots.

This lawsuit joins other legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign demanding states to halt the count of ballots.

Learn about the Michigan litigation here. 

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

LAST UPDATED 2:30 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On behalf of two Arizona voters, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a right-wing nonprofit, sued the Maricopa County Recorder and the Board of Supervisors in Arizona Superior Court, claiming that the use of Sharpie permanent markers at some polling sites “deprived” voters of their right to have their ballots counted.  The lawsuit seeks to: 1) identify ballots impacted by the Sharpie markers and allow them to be corrected; 2) allow members of the public who were given Sharpies to be present in person to observe the counting of ballots; and 3) obtain a Declaration by the Maricopa County Recorder and the Board of Supervisors saying that their actions had “deprived voters of their right to have their votes read with perfect accuracy by an automatic system”

Today, the Arizona Democratic Party intervened in the case, calling the lawsuit “a wolf dressed up in sheep’s clothing.” In their motion to intervene, the Arizona Democratic Party called out the blatant attempt by the Public Interest Legal Foundation “to throw the processing of ballots in Arizona’s largest county into disarray at the eleventh hour.”

Learn about the Arizona litigation here.

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

LAST UPDATED 2:00 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Less than 24-hours after the polls closed in Georgia, the Trump Campaign and the Georgia Republican Party sued the Chatham County Board of Elections in Chatham County Superior Court to stop the counting of absentee ballots. The lawsuit accused Chatham County election officials of improperly counting absentee ballots received after the state’s ballot receipt deadline. In an affidavit, a GOP poll observer claimed to have seen 53 absentee ballots being moved from a back room and mixed into a set of ballots waiting to be tabulated.

The Democratic Party of Georgia quickly moved to intervene in the meritless lawsuit—and today they won. This morning, Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass dismissed the Trump Campaign’s lawsuit. At the hearing, Chatham Board of Registrars Chairman Colin McRae stated that all 53 ballots in question were “timely received.”

This lawsuit joins other legal challenges brought by the Trump Campaign demanding states to halt the count of ballots.

Learn about the Georgia litigation here. 

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

LAST UPDATED 12:30 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C.— Yesterday, Republicans in Pennsylvania filed two separate lawsuits in a last-ditch attempt to disenfranchise voters. In the first lawsuit, a Republican congressional candidate and the chairman of the Berks County Republican Party sued the Montgomery County Board of Elections, claiming that the Board of Elections unlawfully counted mail ballots before Election Day, only contacted some voters to correct their ballots, and were deprived of the opportunity to observe the canvass process for mail ballots. They asked the district court to upend lawful election procedures and stop the counting of mail ballots. In response to the lawsuit, the Democratic National Committee moved to intervene as defendants in the case.

In the second and latest lawsuit, two Republican candidates filed another frivolous challenge that seeks to prevent the counting of provisional ballots cast by voters who were notified that their mail ballots were rejected. This morning, the Democratic National Committee moved to intervene in the lawsuit to defend lawfully cast provisional ballots.

Learn more about the Pennsylvania litigation here. 

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

LAST UPDATE 12:00 PM ET

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Rapid Response Alert
November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Our fight continues! Tonight, Democracy Docket began the next phase in the fight against disenfranchisement—Democracy in Overtime. Democracy in Overtime will serve as the leading progressive post-election hub and features brand-new tools to help millions of Americans follow our post-election work and see where races stand. We’re monitoring competitive races across the county and will be reporting up-to-the-minute data in our Post-Election War Room. For each race, we will report on the vote count, the vote margin, the vote differential, and the next key date to look out for. We will share key developments for each race on our Breaking Page  and will push all updates through Democracy Docket’s Twitter feed in real-time.

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