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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Bertin v. Galvin

Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (Voluntary dismissal)

Bertin v. Galvin, No. SJ-2020-0520 (Mass. S. Ct.)

  Case Summary Massachusetts residents and voting rights groups entered petition for writ of mandamus against Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to force his office to comply with a new law requiring the secretary to send mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters in the state by July 15 2020, as provided for by recent Massachussets pandemic voting bill. Secretary Galvin announced the mailing wouldn't happen because his office didn't have the $3 million to $5 million in postage needed to mail the applications and pay for their return to the state's 352 cities and towns. That said, the secretary's office said they are ready to send them when they get the money.
Filed 07/13/2020
State Massachusetts
Type of Court State
Status Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn (Voluntary dismissal)
Last Updated 09/01/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Failure to Mail Ballots w/out Application to All Registered Voters)
Complaint(s) 07/13/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 07/22/2020: Order/Ruling, Voluntarily Dismissed
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