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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Stoddard v. City Election Commission


Stoddard v. City Election Commission, No. 20-014604-CZ

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, a Michigan poll observer and a nonprofit organization, alleged that absentee vote count centers in Detroit did not have one inspector from each political party present, in violation of state law. Plaintiffs sought to halt the counting of absentee ballots until observers from both parties are present.
Filed 11/04/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed
Last Updated 05/13/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Poll Observer Access)
Complaint(s) 11/04/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/06/2020: Order/Ruling, The court held that plaintiffs misunderstand the Michigan statute, in that only one observer from each party is required at each counting facility. Further, both Republican and Democratic inspectors were present throughout the absent voter counting board location and there has been no affidavit or evidence to substantiate plaintiff's assertions. The court denied the requested injunction.
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