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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La Riva v. District of Columbia Board of Elections

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (voluntary dismissal)

La Riva v. District of ColumbiaI Board of Elections, No. 1:20-cv-01937 (D.D.C.)

  Case Summary The District of Columbia reduced signature requirements for ballot access for every local and national office other than the office of president. Plaintiffs asserts requiring her to obtain the number of signatures required by the the original legislation (1% of registered voters or5007 signatures) in a narrow window during a pandemic violates her 1st and 14th Amendment Rights. She is requesting the ballot requirement be reduced to 150 like the other offices.
Filed 07/17/2020
State District Columbia
Type of Court Federal
Circuit D.C. Circuit
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (voluntary dismissal)
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Candidate Signature Requirement (Threshold Number, Deadline/Time to Collect)
Complaint(s) 07/17/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 07/27/2020: Order/Ruling, DC council has amended the signature requirements for the office of President to 250 signatures and it is pending the Mayor's approval. The Mayor must act by September 11. The date the defendant must file the motion for response for the injunction is delayed to August 14.
08/18/2020: Other
08/18/2020: Other, The case was voluntarily dismissed after the defendant responded to the lawsuit by passing legislation that provided plaintiffs with all requested relief for a reduced signature requirement for access to the presidential ballot.
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