Wood v. Raffensperger I (Electors)

Lawsuit seeking to prevent certification of Georgia's general election results that include absentee ballots. The trial court denied the requested relief, and plaintiff appealed. The 11th Circuit affirmed the denial.

People are saying

"Wood’s arguments reflect a basic misunderstanding of what mootness is. He argues that the certification does not moot anything 'because this litigation is ongoing' and he remains injured. But mootness concerns the availability of relief, not the existence of a lawsuit or an injury." - Chief Judge William Pryor


"Wood seeks an extraordinary remedy: to prevent Georgia's certification of the votes cast in the General Election, after millions of people had lawfully cast their ballots. To interfere with the result of an election that has already concluded would be unprecedented and harm the public in countless ways." - Judge Steven D. Grimberg


"Wood presents no authority, and the Court finds none, providing for a right to unrestrained observation or monitoring of vote counting, recounting, or auditing." - Judge Steven D. Grimberg


". . . [R]ather than changing the rules on the eve of an election, [Wood] wants the rules for the already concluded election declared unconstitutional and over one million absentee ballots called into question. Beyond merely causing confusion, Wood's requested relief could disenfranchise a substantial portion of the electorate and erode the public's confidence in the electoral process." - Judge Steven D. Grimberg


". . . [T]he Court notes the futility of Wood's standing argument is particularly evident in that his sole relied-on authority -- [1993 11th Circuit case] -- is no longer good law." - Judge Steven D. Grimberg


". . . Wood believes he suffered a[n] . . . injury because his preferred candidates -- to whom he has contributed money -- did not prevail in the General Election. This argument has been squarely rejected by the Eleventh Circuit." - Judge Steven D. Grimberg


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Court Filings

Name Filed On Type Status
Complaint 11/13/20 Complaint Filed
Amended Complaint 11/16/20 Complaint Filed
Motion for Injunctive Relief 11/17/20 Motion Denied
Supplemental Motion for Injunctive Relief 11/18/20 Motion Denied
Amended Supplement to Motion for Injunctive Relief 11/18/20 Motion Denied
Minute Order 11/19/20 Order Filed
Motion to Preserve Evidence 11/20/20 Motion Filed
Order 11/20/20 Order Filed
Emergency Motion to Certify for Interlocutory Appeal 11/23/20 Motion Filed
Order Staying Discovery Pending Motion to Dismiss 11/24/20 Order Filed
Notice of Appeal 11/24/20 Appeal Filed
11th Circuit Request for Briefing re: Jurisdiction 11/25/20 Order Filed
Second Amended Motion for Injunctive Relief 11/25/20 Motion Denied
Response to 11th Circuit's Jurisdictional Questions 12/01/20 Motion Denied
11th Circuit Order and Opinion Denying Motion for Temporary Restraining Order 12/05/20 Order Filed
Petition to SCOTUS 12/07/20 Appeal Filed
Motion for Expedited Consideration of Petition 12/07/20 Motion Denied