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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Macarro v. Padilla


Macarro v. Padilla, No. 34-2020-80003404 (Cal. Super. Ct., Sacramento Cnty.)

  Case Summary Proponents of ballot initiative seek a suspension or extension of the usual 180-day deadline for collecting petition signatures for such an initiative. They allege that COVID restrictions have impeded their ability to collect signatures, and that a failure to relax the deadline would, among other things, constitute a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiffs sought a peremptory writ of mandamus extending the 180 day deadline until all counties had been authorized to move to stage 3 of the re-opening guidelines.
Filed 06/09/2020
State California
Type of Court State
Status Closed
Last Updated 09/01/2020
Issue Tag(s) Petition Signature Requirement (Deadline/Time to Collect)
Complaint(s) 06/09/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 07/02/2020: Order/Ruling, Extension of deadline granted; respondent did not oppose and court found that petitioners had established that the failure to extend the deadline would violate the petitioner’s constitutional rights.
07/02/2020: Order/Ruling, Judgment for petitioners
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