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 Pres., Inc. v. Philadelphia Cnty. Bd. of Elections

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Donald J. Trump for Pres., Inc. v. Philadelphia Cnty. Bd. of Elections, No. 200902035 (Penn. Ct. Common Pleas, Philadelphia Cnty.)

  Case Summary Plaintiff, the Trump Campaign, seeks an injunction against the Pennsylvania Secretary of State. Plaintiff alleges that campaign poll observers are not allowed at Philadelphia's on-site satellite early voting polling locations, in violation of a Pennsylvania statute.
Filed 10/01/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 10/16/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Other)
Poll observers at early voting locations
Complaint(s) 10/01/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/09/2020: Other, The court finds that the Philadelphia Board of Election's "sattelite offices" do not count as polling places under the Election Code. Therefore poll observers have no right to be present. Petition denied.

Donald J. Trump for Pres., Inc. v. Philadelphia Cnty., No. 983 CD 2020 (Pa. Commw. Ct.)

  Case Summary Trump campaign appeals lower court ruling.
Filed 10/15/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 11/05/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Other)
Poll observers at early voting locations
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/15/2020: Appellant Brief
10/23/2020: Other, The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed the trial court's order that denied appellants' injunction to allow Trump campaign representatives, as poll watchers, into satellite election offices. The court held that, under state law, satellite election offices qualify neither as “polling places” nor “public sessions,” to which poll watchers receive access.
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