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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Arnett v. North Carolina State Board of Elections


Arnett v. North Carolina Board of Elections, No. 20 CVS 00570 (N.C. Super. Ct., Duplin Cnty.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, the chairman of a county Republican party and the North Carolina Republican Party, brought a challenge to the handling of mail in ballots by the North Carolina State Board of Elections and its members. In particular, Plaintiffs argue that Defendants are assessing whether mail in ballots meet statutory requirements "in secret" and that state constitutional and statutory law requires that approved and disapproved ballots be publically accessible and their determinations challengeable prior to the election.
Filed 10/05/2020
State North Carolina
Type of Court State
Status Active
Last Updated 03/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Other Vote-by-Mail Issue)
Claim that approved ballots should be accessible to the public for the purpose of challenging their approval or disapproval.
Complaint(s) 10/05/2020: Complaint filed.
10/29/2020: Complaint, First amended complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 10/27/2020: Order/Ruling, The court denied plaintiffs motion for a temporary restraining order because they had failed to pursue mediation, a condition precedent to obtaining relief under the Public Records Act.
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