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2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Election Contest (Coffee County)

Still v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by two Georgia voters seeking to decertify the election results for both Coffee County and the entire state of Georgia based on unsubstantiated allegations of irregularity and fraud during the county’s recount. The complaint argues that these irregularities also affected the entire state’s election results. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Trump Election Contest

Trump v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by Donald Trump, the Trump campaign and a Trump elector challenging the presidential election results in Georgia based on allegations of “illegal votes.” During the course of normal case proceedings, the petitioners attempted to appeal a non-final order to the Georgia Supreme Court, claiming that the lower court judge was not “qualified to preside over” the case. The Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, and petitioners subsequently voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Decertification Challenge #2

Boland v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by individual Georgia voter seeking to decertify the presidential election results in Georgia based on allegations of out-of-state voters unlawfully casting ballots in the state and signature verification issues. Biden Electors for the state successfully intervened. The trial court dismissed the case for finding, among other things, that the allegations in the complaint “rest on speculation.” The Georgia Supreme Court denied an emergency petition and the individual Georgia voter then voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Decertification Challenge #1

Pearson v. Kemp

Lawsuit filed by individual voters seeking to de-certify Georgia’s election results based on allegations that Dominion Voting equipment “rigged” the election in favor of President Joe Biden. The district court partially granted the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order asking the state to preserve election materials, but did not grant their request to block the transmission of certified election results, which the plaintiffs immediately appealed to the 11th Circuit. The 11th Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction as the plaintiffs had appealed a non-final order, sending the case back down to the district court to continue. The district court dismissed the case, which was again appealed to the 11th Circuit. The plaintiffs simultaneously petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for injunctive relief, an “extraordinary request” they claimed was necessary in light of time constraints before the Electoral College met. The Supreme Court denied their motion to expedite the case, and the parties entered a stipulation of dismissal before the 11th Circuit and Supreme Court.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Election Law Contest

Wood v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by right-wing group on behalf of an individual voter seeking to nullify the presidential election results in Georgia and block the state from certifying the results so that the Georgia General Assembly could appoint electors. Biden Electors for the state successfully intervened. The court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Presidential Electors Challenge

Lin Wood v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by pro-Trump lawyer and conspiracy theorist L. Lin Wood challenging the inclusion of absentee ballots in the general election results of Georgia. The Democratic Party of Georgia, DCCC and DSCC successfully intervened in the case. The district court denied Wood’s motion for injunctive relief due to lack of standing, which Wood immediately appealed to the 11th Circuit. The 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of injunctive relief and the Supreme Court denied Wood’s petition for a writ of certiorari. The case was dismissed with prejudice.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Democratic Counties Election Challenge

Brooks v. Mahoney

Lawsuit filed by voters in Georgia claiming that election officials included “illegal Presidential Elector results” from certain Democratic-leaning counties in the state’s final election results. The challenge sought to to stop the certification of presidential election results from named counties. The Democratic Party of Georgia filed a motion to intervene in the case, but all pending motions were not ruled on as the plaintiffs filed a voluntary dismissal only five days after docketing the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Absentee Ballot Counting (Chatham County)

In re: enforcement of election laws

Lawsuit brought by the Trump Campaign and Georgia Republican Party attempting to stop the counting of absentee ballots in Chatham County, GA based on unfounded claims that the ballots were received after the required deadline. The Georgia Democratic Party filed a motion to intervene in the case, but the court dismissed the petition one day after it was initially filed.