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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Donald J. Trump for President et al v. Bullock et al


Donald J. Trump for President et al v. Bullock et al, No. 6:20-cv-00066 (D. Mont.)

  Case Summary Governor Bullock enacted an executive order granting universal vote-by-mail balloting. Plaintiffs allege that (1) such a system is vulnerable to voter abuse and fraud; (2) only the state legislature has the authority to enact universal vote-by-mail. In doing so, Plaintiffs claim violations of the Elections Clause, Electors Clause, and 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
Filed 09/02/2020
State Montana
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Ninth Circuit
Status Closed
Last Updated 03/03/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Claim that Mail Voting Leads to Fraud and/or Vote Dilution)
Authority To Act (State Separation of Powers)
Complaint(s) 09/02/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 09/30/2020: Order/Ruling, The district court concluded that the threat of mail-in voter fraud in Montana is “a fiction.” The court invoked the Purcell principle and denied the request for injunctive relief. The governor’s directive granting universal vote-by-mail stands.
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