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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Sterne v. Adams

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn

Sterne v. Adams, No. 20-CI-00538 (Ky. Cir. Ct., Franklin Cnty.)

  Case Summary KY issued order to allow "fear of COVID-19" to be a reason for absentee ballots for the primary and they are seeking to extend that for the November Elections. In addition, KY has recently implement a new ID requirement in order to receive a ballot and the recent shutdown of Government offices due to the virus has impacted peoples' abilities to get these IDs.
Filed 07/07/2020
State Kentucky
Type of Court State
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn
Last Updated 05/04/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Failure to Allow No-Excuse Vote by Mail, Other Vote-by-Mail Issue, Witness and/or Notary Requirement, Failure to Include ID/Documentation)
In-Person Voting COVID Concern (ID/Documentation Requirements)
Complaint(s) 07/07/2020: Complaint filed.
07/31/2020: Complaint, Plaintiffs sue under Section 6 of the Kentucky Constitution for declaratory and injunctive relief to: 1) require Kentucky election officials to extend the no-excuse absentee voting rules used for the June 23, 2020 primary election for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, including for the upcoming November 3, 2020 general election, and 2) require that election officials electronically transmit ballots to voters with visual disabilities who vote by mail. filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 08/14/2020: Order/Ruling, Secretary of State Adams submitted recommendations to Governor Beshar expanding no-excuse absentee voting in accordance with the requests of the plaintiffs.
08/14/2020: Order/Ruling, Governor Beshar accepted and implemented Secretary of State Adams's recommendation through Executive Order.
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