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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Merrill v. Dunlap


Merrill v. Dunlap, No. 1:20-cv-00248 (D. Me.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, who are blind or legally blind, claimed ADA, 29 U.S.C. 794 et seq., and Maine Human Rights Act violations relating to Maine's refusal to provide accessible electronic voting/vote-by-mail means. Plaintiffs demanded that Maine implement a remote, accessible vote by mail system.
Filed 07/15/2020
State Maine
Type of Court Federal
Circuit First Circuit
Status Active
Last Updated 09/05/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Failure to Provide Vote-by-Mail Accommodations for Voters with Disabilities)
Online Voting
Complaint(s) 07/15/2020: Complaint filed.
09/30/2020: Complaint, Plaintiffs request that the State of Maine provide a private, independent means for eligible blind voters in Maine to vote absentee in the November 3rd general election. Current protocol would require them to receive assistance from another person to complete their ballots, which plaintiffs allege violates both the Maine Human Rights Act and the ADA, Section 504. Plaintiffs request temporary and permanent injuntions on the basis of these alleged violations, declaratory judgment, and request reimbursement for legal fees and costs. filed.
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