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 96 active lawsuits in 26 states plus D.C. In 2021, at least 47 voting cases were filed in 15 states. So far in 2022, at least 32 cases have been filed in fifteen states.
- A federal court in Indiana issued a preliminary injunction on September 6, allowing voters with print disabilities to complete their mail ballots with the assistance of an individual of their choosing.
- A trial over three restrictive voting laws passed in 2021 took place in Montana in August. The laws, HB 176, SB 169, and HB 530, variously eliminate Election Day registration, limit voters’ ability to use student IDs as eligible voter IDs, and restrict methods of ballot assistance. On September 30, the trial court permanently blocked all three laws.
- Federal courts in Arizona issued preliminary injunctions on September 8 and September 26 blocking enforcement of AZ HB 2243 and AZ SB 1260, respectively.
- A state court in Wisconsin issued a permanent injunction on October 3 blocking guidance issued by the WEC that instructed county clerks to fill in missing information on absentee ballot certificate envelopes.
- A state court in Delaware issued a permanent injunction finding that the state’s no-excuse vote-by-mail system violates the state On September 19, the court stayed the injunction while the case is appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court.