15 Nov Case Updates: Week of Nov. 9-13
on 11/15/2020 in Case News & Commentary
Litigation related to the Presidential election continued this week with a number of new cases filed. Election Law at Ohio State created a subset of these cases available at go.osu.edu/pec. See below for updates by state.
- In Trump v. Hobbs, the plaintiffs filed a notice indicating that due to the statewide vote tabulation, their claims related to Presidential electors are now moot.
- In Arizona Republican Party v. Fontes, the plaintiffs challenge the Maricopa County Recorder’s process for conducting statutorily-required hand count sampling.
- Two new federal lawsuits were filed challenging the running of the election in Georgia: Wood v. Raffensperger and Brooks v. Mahoney, III.
- Two new federal lawsuits were filed challenging the running of the election in Michigan: Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson and Bally v. Whitmer.
- A trial judge in Costantino v. City of Detroit dismissed claims asserted by the plaintiffs who challenged the running of the election in the city.
- Another state court case, also titled Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson, is on appeal at the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Two federal cases were filed challenging the running of the election in Pennsylvania: Donald J. Trump for President v. Boockvar and Pirkle v. Wolf.
- In Bognet v. Boockvar, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied relief to the plaintiffs-appellees, who sought a determination that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unlawfully usurped the power of the state legislature by extending the mail-in ballot receipt deadline three days.
- In re: Canvassing Observation remains pending at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and has been briefed. The Pennsylvania Speaker of the House and Majority Leader recently filed petitions to intervene.
- Two cases remain at the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court: Hamm v. Boockvar and another case titled Donald J. Trump for President v. Boockvar, in which a Commonwealth Court Judge ordered counties not to count certain segregated ballots for which voters were provided additional time to correct mistakes.
- At the county level, challenges to the counting of certain ballots were rejected in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Challenges remain pending in Allegheny and Bucks Counties.
- In Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar, Pennsylvania Republicans’ petition for writ of certiorari remains pending at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision mentioned above extending the mail-in ballot receipt deadline.
- A new federal case was filed challenging the running of the election in Wisconsin: Langenhorst v. Pecore.