Political parties, outside groups pour resources into preelection legal fights


But even though the level of litigation, and the money going toward it, is indeed unprecedented, it is part of a longer trend, according to Adav Noti, chief of staff at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group focused on expanding voter access. “It’s a continuation of this 20-year trend since 2000 where each cycle sees significantly more litigation than the one before,” Noti said. That trend kicked off, he said, with the legal challenges of Bush versus Gore and its infamous “hanging chads” litigation that went all the way to the Supreme Court, and determined the outcome of a presidential election.

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