Election Lawsuits More Than Doubled After Bush v. Gore

The 2012 election cycle was dominated by legal battles over election processes, voter ID laws, and vote suppression. But the seemingly endless cycle of lawsuits is now the new norm, according to election law expert Rick Hasen, who finds that election-related litigation is steadily higher in the last decade than before 2000. From 1996 to 1999, there were only 94 cases per year. After the contentious Bush v. Gore Supreme Court ruling, election challenges became far more common, with an average 242.5 cases per year. The trend has shown no sign of letting up: