PILF Leads in Defending Mail Voting Protections amid Pandemic
Posted on July 20th, 2020
PILF COVID Briefs Go to 11, Amplify Concerns of Dirty Voter Rolls
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – July 20, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today filed its eleventh amicus brief to protect the integrity of the 2020 election in the face of an onslaught by Democrat and leftist organizations to nullify state laws. The Foundation filed briefs in federal court in Georgia and the Connecticut Supreme Court. In both, the Foundation provided real data regarding vulnerabilities in the election system in each state that would be made worse if the Georgia plaintiffs succeed and if the Connecticut Governor’s edict to move toward a mail election that suspended Connecticut law remains in force.
With these briefs filed today, PILF is the most active and targeted champion of election integrity fighting those who would nullify state election laws during a crisis.
“We have facts that show mail elections without safeguards are vulnerable to fraud,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “We are making sure courts are aware of these vulnerabilities. In 11 different cases, we have fought on the side of election integrity with real data and actionable analysis of these problems. Duplicate registrants, dead registrants, and people registered and voting in multiple states are made worse by a mail voting system that cancels integrity procedures. Witness requirements, election day deadlines, and automatic mail ballots are just some of the changes our briefs oppose.”
Adams also extends his thanks to supporters for making these eleven court appearances possible:
“Our zealous defense of election integrity would not be possible without the support of those who care. Our extraordinary level of targeted action is only possible because Americans care about clean elections.”
The Foundation found one person in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, simultaneously registered to vote seven different times in a lawsuit the Foundation brought against Allegheny County (PA). His story and thousands more led election officials to correct problems after the lawsuit was filed and settled. A similar lawsuit against the City of Detroit ended after evidence of subsequent voter roll cleanup actions surfaced during discovery. The eleven other cases where PILF has filed briefs are:
CA: Issa v. Newsom, No. 2:20-cv-01044 (E.D.Cal.)
CA: RNC v. Newsom, No. 2:20-cv-01055 (E.D. Cal.)
CT: Fay, et al. v. Merrill, No. SC 20477 (Conn. Sup. Ct.)
GA: The New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger, No. 1:20-cv-01986(N.D. Ga.)
NC: Democracy N.C. v. N.C. State Bd. of Elections, No. 1:20-cv-00457 (M.D.N.C.)
NM: New Mexico ex rel. Riddle v. Oliver, No. S-1-SC-38228 (N.M. Sup. Ct.)
TN: Fisher v. Hargett, No. M2020-00831 (Tenn. Sup. Ct.)
TX: Tex. Democratic Party v. Abbott, No. 5:20-cv-00438 (W.D. Tex.)
TX: Tex. Democratic Party v. Abbott, No. 20-50407 (5th Cir.)
VA: LWV Va. v. Va. State Bd. of Elections, No. 6:20-cv-00024 (W.D. Va.)
WI: Zignego v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, No. 2019AP2397 and 2020AP112 (Wis. Sup. Ct.)
The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.
Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.