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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Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Merrill

Closed

Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Merrill, No. 3:20-cv-00467 (D. Conn.), 2020 WL 3526922

  Case Summary Libertarian Party and Independent party of Connecticut challenged the State petition requirements for Ballot access for minor parties on the grounds that they create an undue burden on the parties and deprives voters of an effective choice of candidates. The ballot access requirements were modified during COVID-19 to reduce the burden so that petitions did not need to be signed in person and so that the number of signatures required was reduced.
Filed 04/04/2020
State Connecticut
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Second Circuit
Status Closed
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Petition Signature Requirement (Other Petition Signature Requirement Issue)
Candidate Signature Requirement (Threshold Number, E-signatures)
Complaint(s) 04/04/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 06/27/2020: Order/Ruling, TRO/PI Denied

Libertarian Party of Connecticut v. Merrill, No. 20-2179 (2nd Cir.)

  Case Summary Appellants, the Libertarian Party of Conn., appealed a ruling of the District Court that denied its claim that its Fourteenth and First Amendments were violated as a result of the petition signature requirements for the general election ballot.
Filed 10/02/2020
State Connecticut
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Second Circuit
Status Closed
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Petition Signature Requirement (Deadline/Time to Collect, E-signatures)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/02/2020: Other, The Second Circuit affirmed the District Court ruling, finding that appellants failed to prove a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim.
10/02/2020: Other
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