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Rapini v. Merrill
Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn
Rapini v. Merrill, No. HHB-CV20-6060234-S (Conn. Super. Ct., New Britain)
|Case Summary||In May 2020, the Connecticut Secretary of State issued a Memorandum of Opinion that allowed any registered voter with a pre-existing illness to vote by absentee ballot if the illness would prevent the voter from appearing at their designated polling place safely due to COVID-19. The Memorandum of Opinion included in this category individuals who may have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person or who otherwise feel ill due to the possibility of contact with COVID-19. Plaintiffs filed an administrative appeal seeking vacation of the Memorandum of Opinion on the basis that the Secretary of State lacked the authority to expand unilaterally the use of absentee ballots.|
|Type of Court||State|
|Status||Closed. Settled and/or Withdrawn ()|
|Issue Tag(s)||Vote-by-Mail (Claim that Mail Voting Leads to Fraud and/or Vote Dilution, Other Vote-by-Mail Issue)
Authority To Act (Other)
Sec. of State lacked authority to expand mail voting in light of COVID-19.
|Dispositive Ruling(s)||06/17/2020: Other|
|07/07/2020: Other, Plaintiffs voluntarily withdraw.|