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JUDICIAL RULINGS IN RESPONSE TO THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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North Dakotans have frequently asked questions about judicial rulings made in response to the 2020 presidential election. To assist them in their research, we have created a webpage with information on some of the most regularly referenced cases brought after November 2020 in states decided by three percentage points or fewer.
Click the dropdown icon on each case, organized by state, to learn more about the rulings.

ARIZONA

 Arizona Republican Party v. Fontes (State/Federal)

Should hand count sampling be by print rather than by "vote center?"

11/12/2020

Current status: the order for dismissal affirmed by Maricopa County Superior Court.

Outcome: unsuccessful.

Click here to view the case docket. Click here to learn more about the latest outcome. 

 Burk v. Ducey (State/Federal)

Whether accepting certain ballots was unconstitutional

12/7/2020

Current status: order granting motion to dismiss and affirmed by Arizona Supreme Court and certiorari denied by U.S. Supreme Court.

Outcome: unsuccessful.

Click here to view the case docket. Click here to learn more about the latest outcome. 

 In Re: Bowyer (State/Federal)

Whether Arizona officials conduct for 2020 election should require decertification

12/2/2020

Current status: order granting motion to dismiss and petition for certiorari denied by U.S. Supreme Court.

Outcome: unsuccessful.

Click here to view the case docket. Click here to learn more about the latest outcome.  

 In Re: Bowyer (Federal)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

12/2/2020

Current status: order granted Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. U.S. Supreme Court denied Emergency Petition for Extraordinary Writ.

Outcome: unsuccessful.

Click here to view the case docket. Click here to learn more about the latest outcome. 

 Ward v. Jackson (State/Federal)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

11/24/2020

Current status: order denying relief requested in petition. Affirmed by Arizona Supreme Court. Petition for Write of Certiorari Filed.

Outcome: pending

Click here to view the case docket. Click here to learn more about the latest outcome.

 Stevenson v. Ducey (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests an injunction against certification

11/24/2020

Current status: voluntarily dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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 Donald J. Trump for President v. Hobbs (State)

Whether Maricopa County elections officials violated state and federal law in dealing with ballots rejected by an elec tab device

11/7/2020

Current status: plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Aguilera v. Fontes (State)

Challenged the use of sharpies for ballots and voting rights

11/4/2020

Current status: plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Wisconsin Voters Alliance v. Pence (Federal)

Challenges legality of Electoral Count Act,  Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and seeks enjoinment of Pence to count votes

12/22/2020

Current status: prelim injunction denied, voluntary dismissal

Outcome: unsuccessful

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GEORGIA

Boland v. Raffensperger (State)

Whether Georgia Secretary of State allowed nonvoters to vote

11/30/2020

Current status: Superior Court dismissed, Georgia Supreme Court denied appeal

Outcome: unsuccessful

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In Re: Pearson (Federal)

Whether Georgia Secretary of State violated State and Fed Law and request to decertify the election

11/25/2020

Current status: District Court dismissed and affirmed by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Stip of Dismissal before U.S. Supreme Court.

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Still v. Raffensperger (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

12/17/2020

Current status: voluntarily dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Trump v. Kemp (Federal)

Alleged unconstitutional conduct against Georgia State Elected Officials and request decertification

12/21/2020

Current status: order denying Motion for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, voluntary dismissal

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Trump v. Raffensperger (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

12/4/2020

Current status: motion for Injunctive Relief denied. Georgia Supreme Court dismissed Petition.

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Wood v. Raffensperger (Federal)

Alleged Georgia Secretary of State violated Georgia law by entering into the Consent Decree

11/13/2020

Current status: order denying temporary restraining order. Affirmed by the 11th Circuit. Petition for Write of Certiorari before U.S. Supreme Court filed.

Outcome: pending

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Wood v. Raffensperger (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

11/25/2020

Current status: order dismissing Election Contest

Outcome: unsuccessful

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 12th Cong Dist Rep v Raffensperger (Federal)

Lawsuit challenged drop box and absentee ballot policies

12/9/2020

Current status: Denied/ Appealed to the 11th circuit/ Dismissed

Outcome: unsuccessful

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 Pearson v. Kemp (Federal)

Lawsuit to decertify Georgia election results - Dominion Voting Machines

11/25/2020

Current status: Denied/ Appealed to 11th Circuit/ Denied by SC/ Dismissed

Outcome: unsuccessful

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 Lin Wood v. Raffensperger (Federal)

Lawsuit challenging the inclusion of absentee ballots 

11/13/2020

Current status: Denied- lack of standing/ Affirmed in 11th circuit/ Dismissed

Outcome: unsuccessful

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 Brooks v. Mahoney (Federal)

Alleged Various Election Illegality - Requests Decertification

11/13/2020

Current status: Voluntarily Dismissed

Outcome: Voluntary Dismissal

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 Schmitz v. Fulton Cty Bd of Reg (State)

Lawsuit to remove 14,000 voters from Fulton County's election rolls

8/13/2020

Current status: Georgia Supreme Court dismissed appeal 

Outcome: unsuccessful

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MICHIGAN

Constantino v. City of Detroit (State)

Request order to conduct independent audit of Detroit ballots

11/9/2020

Current status: order denying motion for audit and order denying application for appeal by Michigan Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Donald J. Trump v. Benson (State)

Whether there is proper election inspector access at absent voter counting board

11/4/2020

Current status: order dismissing case as moot and appeals denied

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Johnson v. Benson (State)

Whether Administration of Michigan Election by Officials was Unconstitutional and to decertify results

11/26/2020

Current status: Michigan Supreme Court denied petition for Extraordinary Writs and Declaratory Relief

Outcome: unsuccessful

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King v. Whitmer (State/Federal)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

11/25/2020

Current status: District Court denied and petition for Writ before U.S. Supreme Court filed. Order denying Motion to Expedite by U.S. Supreme Court

Outcome: pending

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NEVADA

Law v. Whitmer (State)

Alleged various election illegality and irregularity, and requests certification of Republicans or decertification of the entire election

11/17/2020

Current status: Order granting Motion to Dismiss and affirmed by Nevada Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Becker v. Gloria (State)

Whether Clark County conducted the election legally and requesting a new election

11/16/2020

Current status: Order for dismissal granted

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Trump v. Gloria (State)

Election day lawsuit to extend poll closing times in Clark County until 8:00 p.m. for people in line by 7:00 p.m.

11/3/2020

Current status: Temporary Restraining Order Granted

Outcome: successful

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Rodimer v. Gloria (Federal)

Candidate challenged the use of a mail ballot machine - requested new election

11/19/2020

Current status: The court dismissed the case

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Marchant v. Gloria (Federal)

Candidate challenged the use of a mail ballot machine- requested new election

11/16/2020

Current status: The court dismissed the case

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Trump v. Cegavske (Federal)

Improper election admin, voter fraud

8/4/2020

Current status: Dismissed as moot

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Kraus v. Cegavske (State)

Alleged Secretary of State's approved election plan for Clark County was in error, and requested new plan or injunction against counting votes

10/23/2020

Current status: order denying emergency petition for Writ, Nevada Supreme Court dismissed Appeal at Request of the Appellants

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Stokke v. Cegavske (Federal)

Challenged signature right to technology (Agilis) and right to observe

11/5/2020

Current status: Court denied injunctive relief

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Becker v. Cannizzaro (State)

Candidate challenged the use of a mail ballot machine - requested new election

11/18/2020

Current status: order denying emergency petition for Writ, Nevada Supreme Court dismissed Appeal at Request of the Appellants

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Election Integrity Project of NV v. NV (State)

Lawsuit challenged newly enacted legislation regarding mail-in ballots

9/1/2020

Current status: Supreme and District Court agreed that petitioners failed to show that they were entitled to a preliminary injunction

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Paher v. Cegavske (Federal)

Challenged vote-by-mail and covid voting procedures 

4/21/2020

Current status: Dismissed as moot

Outcome: unsuccessful

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PENNSYLVANIA

Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Degraffenreid (State/Federal)

Whether Pennsylvania Supreme Court's altering of deadline for receipt of absentee ballots was unconstitutional

7/10/2020

Current status: Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied / U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari. Justice Thomas dissents.

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Bognet v. Degraffenreid (Federal)

Whether Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar is constitutional

10/22/2020

Current status: U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari, remanded to 3rd Circuit to dismiss as moot

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Donald J. Trump v. Boockvar (State)

Whether Pennsylvania's Secretary of State unlawfully extended period for mail in ballots for people to provide missing proof of identification

11/4/2020

Current status: Order enjoining County Boards from counting segregated ballots

Outcome: successful

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Donald J. Trump v. Boockvar (Federal)

Alleged various election illegality and requesting decertification

11/9/2020

Current status: District Court issued order granting motion to dismiss. Affirmed by 3rd Circuit

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Hamm v. Boockvar (State)

Whether Precanvass instruction by Secretary of State was illegal

11/3/2020

Current status: Order segregating certain provisional ballots

Outcome: successful

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In Re: 2,349 Ballots in the 2020 General Election (State/Federal)

Whether Allegheny County illegally counted mail in ballots

11/12/2020

Current status: petition dismissed and affirmed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court and certiorari before U.S. Supreme Court pending

Outcome: pending

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In Re: Canvass of Absentee and Mail-In Ballots (State/Federal)

Whether it was illegal for Bucks County Board of Electors to access 2,177 defective ballots

11/8/2020

Current status: order denying petition for review and order denying Emergency Petition by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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In Re: Canvass of Absentee and Mail-In Ballots (State)

Whether it was illegal for Philadelphia County Board of Electors to access 8,329 defective ballots

11/11/2020

Current status: order denying petition for review and affirmed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court,  U.S. Supreme certiorari pending

Outcome: pending

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In Re: Canvass of Absentee and Mail-In Ballots (State)

Appeal regarding counting mail-in/absentee ballots

11/10/2020

Current status: Court affirmed County Board of Elections ruling to count votes

Outcome: unsuccessful

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In Re: Canvassing Trump v. Degraffenreid (State/Federal)

Whether Philadelphia County allowed for meaningful access to ballot canvassing

11/3/2020

Current status: Trial Court denied relief and affirmed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Petition for Write of Cert Filed and Pending

Outcome: pending

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In Re: Nov. 3, 2020 General Election (State/Federal)

Whether Election Board adequately screened out ballots due to signature defects

10/11/2020

Current status: Pennsylvania Supreme Court found in favor of Pennsylvania Secretary of State and Petition for Writ of Cert Filed before U.S. Supreme Court

Outcome: pending

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Kelly v. Pennsylvania (State/Federal)

Whether 2019 Act of Pennsylvania Legislature was unconstitutional and requests injunction against certification

11/21/2020

Current status: Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Emergency Stay and U.S. Supreme Court issued Order denying Motion to Expedite

Outcome: pending

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Metcalfe v. Wolf (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

12/4/2020

Current status: Order denying Emergency Motion

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Ziccarelli v. Allegheny County Board of Elections (State)

Petitioned to set aside 270 provisional ballots in Allegheny County

11/16/2020

Current status: Motion dismissed by Ct Com Pleas / Commonwealth Overruled

Outcome: successful

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Pirkle v. Wolf (Federal)

Lawsuit claimed that election officials included illegal results

11/10/2020

Current status: Voluntarily Dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Donald J. Trump for President Inc. v. Bucks Cty BOE (State)

Appeal of decision to count ballots believed to be deficient

11/9/2020

Current status: Court found address and date were not mandated by statute/ Appeal denied in PA Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Barnette v. Lawrence (Federal)

Challenged cure process in Montgomery County

11/3/2020

Current status: Voluntarily Dismissed

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Bognet v. Boockvar (Federal)

Challenged to extend ballot receipt deadline

10/22/2020

Current status: Supreme Court remanded with orders to dismiss as moot

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Parnell v. Allegheny County Board of Elections (Federal)

Challenged to prevent poll watching at early voting sites

10/16/2020

Current status: Deal reached out of court, case dismissed voluntarily

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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Woodruff v. Philadelphia County Board of Elections (State)

Challenged the validity of mail in and absentee ballots 

10/29/2020

Current status: Writ of Mandamus denied- failure to present evidence/ Voluntarily dismissed

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar (Federal)

Challenged election administration policies

6/29/2020

Current status: Dismissed- no just reason for delay presented, lack of standing

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Crossey v. Boockvar (Federal)

Challenged vote-by-mail policies

4/22/2020

Current status: Denied by US Supreme Court- dismissed as moot

Outcome: unsuccessful

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In re: Motion for Inj Relief of Northampton Cty R Com (State)

Lawsuit to stop identity of canceled ballots from being disclosed

11/3/2020

Current status: Injunctive relief denied by state court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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WISCONSIN

In Re: Feehan (State/Federal)

Whether treatment of Absentee ballots was unconstitutional

12/1/2020

Current status: Order granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. U.S. Supreme Court Emergency Petition for Extraordinary Writ denied.

Outcome: unsuccessful

Click here to learn more about the latest outcome. 

Mueller v. Wisconsin Election Commissioners (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests decertification

11/27/2020

Current status: Wisconsin Supreme Court denied petition

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Trump v. Biden (State/Federal)

President Trump appealed the recount determinations in Milwaukee and Dane counties

12/3/2020

Current status: Order Affirming Recounts and affirmed by Wisconsin Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court denied petition to Expedite

Outcome: pending

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Trump v. Evers (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests certain absentee ballots be excluded from the state's vote count

12/1/2020

Current status: Order denying Petition for Original Action by Wisconsin Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Trump v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (Federal)

Alleged various election illegality and requests remand to Wisconsin Legislature to determine remedy

12/2/2020

Current status: Complaint dismissed with prejudice. Affirmed by 7th Circuit. Petition for Write of Certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court filed.

Outcome: pending

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Wisconsin Voters Alliance v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (State)

Alleged various election illegality and requests remand to Wisconsin Legislature to determine remedy

11/24/2020

Current status: Order denying petition for original action by Wisconsin Supreme Court

Outcome: unsuccessful

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Langenhorst v. Pence (State)

Lawsuit to stop election officials from filling in election information on absentee ballots

11/12/2020

Current status: voluntary dismissal

Outcome: voluntary dismissal

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