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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California Republican Party v. Newsom

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (Voluntary dismissal)

California Republican Party v. Newsom, No. 34-2020-00277751 (Cal. Super. Ct., Sacramento)

  Case Summary After Governor Newsom’s executive order required all non-essential workers to stay home (“Stay at Home Order” of March 19), the California Republican Party (CAGOP) sought declaratory judgment as to whether ballot harvesters are to be considered "essential employees" within the meaning of the order. CAGOP noted that public statements by Newsom and other public officials on this matter appeared to contradict each other, and that ballot harvesters – if found in violation – might be subjected to criminal penalties. CAGOP sought either an order and judgment declaring that ballot-harvesting was not an essential activity, or alternatively, an order and judgment declaring that it was not.
Filed 04/29/2020
State California
Type of Court State
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (Voluntary dismissal)
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Restriction on Assistance or Collection of Mail Ballots for Return)
In-Person Voting COVID Concern (Suspension of In-Person Voting)
Complaint(s) 04/29/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 05/05/2020: Order/Ruling, TRO denied, on grounds that the plain language of the contested executive order clearly stated that ballot harvesting was permitted and therefore no true controversy existed.
05/22/2020: Order/Ruling, Voluntary Dismissal
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