COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker

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This database consolidates and tracks litigation concerning the effect of the pandemic on election law. The purpose of this tool is to provide an interactive list of relevant cases that can be searched by issue, court, status, and jurisdiction.

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Wright v. Oklahoma


Wright v. Oklahoma, No. 5:20-cv-00287 (W.D. Okla.)

  Case Summary Stephen Christopher Wright is challenging Oklahoma statute Title 26 ยง26511 as creating barriers to running for office. The Statute allows 2 methods for candidates to get on the ballot; (i) pay a filing fee, and (ii) gather physical signatures of voters in the district. COVID-19 has caused the state to declare a state of emergency, creating barriers to person to person contact and while unemployment causes financial barriers. Plaintiff is indigent and therefore does not have the funds for the filing fee, and the federal health guidelines requiring people to not come into contact prohibits him from gathering the required signatures. Plaintiff claims the State of Oklahoma is violating his Federal Constitutional rights under the 14th Amendment by barring his right to access to the ballot. Plaintiff is seeking; (i) a temporary restraining order prohibiting the State of Oklahoma from requiring the payment of the filing fee or signatures, (ii) permanent injunction against the Statute, and monetary damages equaling the salary for the full term of a US House of Representatives in the amount of $348,000.
Filed 03/31/2020
State Oklahoma
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Tenth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 11/19/2020
Issue Tag(s) Petition Signature Requirement (Other Petition Signature Requirement Issue)
Candidate Signature Requirement (Threshold Number)
Candidate filing fee requirement
Complaint(s) 03/31/2020: Complaint filed.
07/29/2020: Complaint, Amended Complaint. filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 08/21/2020: Order/Ruling, The Court denied Plaintiff's motion for a Preliminary Injunction because Plaintiff failed to provide notice to or service on the Defendant.
11/02/2020: Order/Ruling, The court dismissed the claim as moot and also barred by a combined 11th Amendment Immunity and Qualified Immunity analysis.
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