As in 2020, much of that litigation has centered on mail-in ballots, including disputes over how election officials count ballots that are incomplete, contain errors or arrive late. Many of these cases are unlikely to be resolved before Election Day on November 8.
Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, described many of them as “placeholders.”
“So if it’s really close in Nevada, then you have these lawsuits going on, already going on, that could provide a basis to try to claim there was fraud or a reason to think that a Democrat wasn’t didn’t win,” he said.
Behind the influx of lawsuits is an influx of money. Republican and Democratic groups are spending record amounts on legal services, with Democratic committees paying $14.5 million in legal and compliance fees Saturday, and Republicans spending more than $17.5 million, according to fundraising records from countryside.
Of that Republican total, more than $10 million went to firms or attorneys who contributed to the 2020 litigation effort, according to campaign finance records.
Many of the most outlandish claims now, as in 2020, were filed by the Thomas More Society. Ahead of the 2020 election, his election project, called Amistad Project, filed several lawsuits that were ultimately dismissed. After the election, lawyers for the group worked with Mr. Trump’s legal team, led by Rudolph W. Giuliani, to try to overturn the results and push for a list of Trump-supporting voters to replace those elected. by voters.
In early December 2020, Thomas E. Breth and Thomas W. King III, two Pennsylvania attorneys for Thomas More, filed a motion to order Governor Tom Wolf to decertify the election, making a host of claims about irregular ballots and illegal. the 2020 election. The lawsuit was dismissed in less than a week.