The 2020 general election was the most litigious in modern history, including its post-election period. In the two-month period between November 3, 2020 (Election Day) and January 6, 2021 (the date on which Congress counted the Electoral College votes), plaintiffs filed 79 lawsuits in 10 states and the District of Columbia (excluding 12 lawsuits related to the Senate runoff election in Georgia). Of these 79 complaints, 77 were filed by Republican plaintiffs, 73 of which pertained to the presidential race.
This article summarizes the major arc of the post-election litigation, its trends, and possible long-standing repercussions. The Appendix briefly summarizes each of the 91 post-Election Day lawsuits, of which most relate to the presidential race, a few relate to down-ballot races, and a dozen relate to the Senate runoff election in Georgia.