Repeat Senate loser Shiva Ayyadurai tonight dropped his lawsuit against the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office, just one day after he'd filed a new complaint alleging that that office and Twitter were part of a ruthless global conspiracy out to destroy him and deprive all Americans of their free-speech rights.
In a filing in US District Court through his latest attorney, Ayyadurai averred:
NOTICE IS GIVEN that, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), Plaintiff Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai now hereby voluntarily dismisses with prejudice all claims in this suit. In addition, all parties voluntarily withdraw all pending motions in this matter. There is no further action by any party on this matter, no questions in controversy remain among the parties, and each party will bear its own costs and fees.
The move, which still needs to be approved by US District Court Judge Mark Wolf, comes as Wolf was considering tens of thousands of dollars in fines against Ayyadurai for violating court rules - by delaying key court dates and possibly by having a "shadow" counsel write a key legal memorandum - and as Ayyadurai was seeking to formally have Twitter added as a defendant in the case.
Technically, Ayyadurai still has a second lawsuit pending against Secretary of State Bill Galvin, calling for a hand count of all the ballots in the Republican Senate primary last September, but no action has occurred in that case for several months.
Dropping the case could free up some of Ayyadurai's time to work on a potential 2020 statewide ballot question which, if approved by the state Attorney General's office and if he can get enough valid signatures, would ask voters to remove Galvin from any oversight of voting machines and would require the state to use a complex system of safeguards - including ballots printed with holographic foils, watermarks, "multi-colored micro-numismatic invisible ultraviolet designs" and other measures to prevent counterfeiting - and which would require all ballots be counted by hand and copies of all ballots be digitally photographed and then placed on a server where anybody could look at them.
In both his suits against Galvin's office, a central issue were tweets by Ayyadurai - until Twitter deplatformed him in February - in which he alleged Galvin destroyed one million electronic ballots in the Republican primary. Galvin's office repeatedly countered there were no such electronic ballots to begin with, that paper ballots, stored in secured warehouses, were the only ballots used in Massachusetts.