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 v. Benson

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Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson, No. 20-000225-MZ (Mich. Ct. Claims)

Filed 11/04/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed
Last Updated 02/25/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Drop Boxes/Drop Off Locations, Poll Observer Access)
Complaint(s) 11/04/2020: Complaint, Plaintiff, Donald Trump's reelection campaign, alleges issues with Michigan's Absent Voter Count Boards. Plaintiff asserts, based on state laws, that Michigan has violated election inspector and ballot challenger requirements in counting absentee votes. The campaign asks the court to halt Michigan's ballot count until the Secretary of State allows its inspectors to be present at the absentee ballot boards and until its challengers can review video surveillance footage of ballot dropboxes. filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/06/2020: Order/Ruling, The judge dismissed the case stating that, “At this point, the essence of the count is completed, and the relief is completely unavailable.”

Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson, No. 355378 (Mich. Ct. Appeals)

  Case Summary Appeal from the court of claims ruling.
Filed 11/30/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/17/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Drop Boxes/Drop Off Locations, Poll Observer Access, Poll Observer Access)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/30/2020: Appellant Brief
12/04/2020: Order/Ruling, Since the Michigan State Board of Canvassers certified the presidential election results on No. 23, the court described how MCL 168.862 requires that the plaintiff pursue its fraud allegations by recount of the ballots cast in Wayne County. The court held that, because plaintiff failed to follow the law in Michigan relative to such matters, its action is moot.

Donald J. Trump for President v. Benson, No. 162320 (Mich. Sup. Ct.)

  Case Summary Appeal from the commonwealth court ruling.
Filed 12/07/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/17/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Drop Boxes/Drop Off Locations, Poll Observer Access)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/07/2020: Appellant Brief
12/11/2020: Order/Ruling, The Michigan Supreme Court denied review of the case.
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