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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Penn. Voters Alliance v. Centre Cnty.

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Penn. Voters Alliance v. Centre Cnty., No. 4:20-cv-01761 (M.D. Pa.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, a group of Pennsylvania voters, bring suit against two Pennsylvania counties and the city of Philadelphia claiming that the receipt of private federal election grants violates the Help America Vote Act, the National Voters Registration Act, and the Supremacy and Elections Clauses of the United States Constitution.
Filed 09/25/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Third Circuit
Status Active
Last Updated 10/29/2020
Issue Tag(s) Private Funding for Local Election Authorities
Concerns private grants of money to progressive counties by Defendant. Plaintiffs claim private grants for elections have to go to the state to be allocated.
Complaint(s) 09/25/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/21/2020: Other, The district court dismissed Plaintiffs claims for lack of standing after finding that Plaintiffs have failed to satisfy multiple standing requirements. In particular, Platiniffs alleged only a generalized greivance that was not sufficiently concrete or particularized to grant Article III standing, did not demonstrate that their alleged injury was caused by Defendants, and failed to show that any action by the court against Defendants could redress their injury.

Penn. Voters Alliance v. Centre Cnty., No. 20-3175 (3d Cir.)

  Case Summary Notice of appeal filed, seeking an injunction against private election funding grants.
Filed 10/22/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Third Circuit
Status Active
Last Updated 11/17/2020
Issue Tag(s) Private Funding for Local Election Authorities
Complaint(s) 10/22/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/28/2020: Order/Ruling, Motion for injunction pending appeal denied.

Penn. Voters Alliance v. Centre Cnty., No. 20A82 (S. Ct.)

  Case Summary Petitioners, Pennsylvania voters, seek an injunction against private federal election grants on the grounds that they violate the Elections Clause.
Filed 10/26/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court Federal
Circuit US Supreme Court
Status Active
Last Updated 12/13/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause)
Private Funding for Local Election Authorities
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/26/2020: Other
11/02/2020: Other, The requested injunction pending appeal would enjoin Respondents (certain Pennsylvania counties) from using private federal election grants for the November 3 federal elections and require the Respondents to provide an immediate, itemized and verified accounting of the private moneys used to pay for the November 3 federal elections and the private moneys remaining on account for that purpose.
11/03/2020: Other, Emergency application to the U.S Supreme Court for an injunction (20A82) is denied by Justice Alito.
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