A record number of voting-related lawsuits were filed in 2020, and new lawsuits have continued to be filed. This tracker seeks to aggregate active, pending litigation in state and federal courts pertaining to voters’ ability to cast their ballots and have them counted. This list does not include cases pertaining to candidacy issues, ballot initiatives, or redistricting.
To date, we are tracking 76 active lawsuits in 21 states plus D.C. In 2021, at least 47 voting cases were filed in 15 states. So far in 2022, at least 17 cases have been filed in 7 states.
- In March, a federal trial court in Florida entered a permanent injunction striking down three provisions of SB 90 as unconstitutional and requiring the state to preclear future changes to its election law for the next ten years. The state appealed the decision, and on May 6, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the trial court’s order, meaning the provisions are back in effect and the preclearance requirements are paused pending the outcome of the appeal.
- In April, a Montana trial court entered a preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of four challenged laws, finding the laws likely violate the state constitution. On May 17, the Montana Supreme Court stayed the injunction as to two provisions that eliminated same day registration and limited the ability to use student IDs as eligible forms of voter ID in the state. These laws will now be in effect for the state’s upcoming primary election.