2020 Presidential Election Lawsuits Related to Election Integrity STATUS / OUTCOME




Below is a list I have copied and converted to a PDF, that is the current status of each 2020 Presidential Election Lawsuits Related to Election Integrity.






*Main Topics are: a) Rules and Regulation legalities or interpretation  (e.g. about absentee ballots); b) Process illegalities (officials correcting ballot errors, etc.);
Stanford Healthy Elections Tracker         c) Voter Improprieties (e.g. non-citizens voting, non-registered citizens voting, deceased parties voting, registered voters voting twice, etc.)
Scotusblog Election Litigation Tracker         and/or d) Voting Machine irregularities (e.g. an algorithm changing the actual results, etc.).
Democracy Docket Election Lawsuits
Brennan Center for Justice The Totals for each Primary Topic are: Rules = 47; Process = 32; Voter = 3; and Machine = 4.  (The total is more than the number of cases, as some cases had more than one Topic.)
Here is the Evidence
Public Interest Legal Foundation **Decided on Merits means the Plaintiff was able to argue the facts of the case, and, if applicable, given opportunity to present evidence via Discovery.
Wikipedia Pre-election 2020 Election Lawsuits       (For example, Discovery might entail an independent investigation to verify the accuracy of the claimed voting malfeasance, impropriety, etc.)
Wikipedia Post-election 2020 Election Lawsuits       For the lawsuits that were voluntarily dismissed, we entered "NA" in the Merits column. For those cases still open, we entered "TBD".
Note 1: Some Non-Merit reasons for stopping lawsuits from going forward are for: a) Standing, b) Timing [Laches],  c) Judicial authority [Jurisdiction], and d) Moot (e.g. not enough malfeasance to make a difference). In each of these situations, the case was not fully heard.
Note 2: Disposition breakdown of the 80 lawsuits: Non-Merit = 23 (beige); To Be Determined (TBD: active) = 25 (white); Trump Statutory Win = 14 (green); Trump Statutory Loss = 7 (red); Voluntarily withdrawn (due to consolidation, etc.) = 11 (blue).
Note 3: Since several lawsuits were based on new election regulations (e.g. pertaining to absentee ballots), reportedly due to COVID-19 concerns, this is a list of such changes (by state): here.
Note 4: One of the several complexities in putting together such a list, is how to handle cases that are appealed. For example, should one case appealed twice be treated as three cases or one?
    The argument for treating them as three cases is due to the facts that: the judges are different, the amount of evidence presented may be different, etc. In our initial versions of this list, we took this approach.
    However, there are downsides to that treatment: it artificially inflates the appearance of actual cases litigated; do we indicate that this is one case open or three? etc. Although either way has merits, we are now counting such situations as one case.
Note 5: Another complexity is to sort through the multitude of cases filed having to do with 2020 election issues. E.g. the Stanford site (see above) lists 470± such cases (including appeals). We just selected those that directly applied to the Presidential contest.
              That said, we make no claim that this is the entirety of 2020 Presidential election-related cases, but rather those that we were able to find from the several sources cited. If we missed any relevant cases, please send us an email and we will gladly do an update.
Note 6: Some other 2020 Election Reports by the same team of independent volunteer experts are:  here, here, & here.

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