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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Costantino v. Detroit

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Costantino v. Detroit, No. 20-014780-AW

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, Wayne County voters, allege several instances of election misconduct. Plaintiffs allege that the city of Detroit processed and counted ballots from voters whose names did not appear in the Qualified Voter File; instructed election workers to not verify signatures on absentee ballots, to backdate absentee ballots, and to process such ballots regardless of their validity; and, "on a daily basis leading up to the election, coached voters to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrat party." Plaintiffs seek an audit and an injunction against certifying election results.
Filed 11/09/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/04/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Signature Verification Standards, Mail Voting Deadlines (for Applying, Receiving, Postmark), Poll Observer Access)
Complaint(s) 11/09/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/13/2020: Order/Ruling, The court found that the affidavits supplied by plaintiffs, purporting fraud, were "rife" with generalization, speculation, hearsay, and a lack of evidentiary basis. The court held that the evidence supports no credible finding of fraud at the TCF Center. Furthermore, the injunctive relief plaintiffs ask for, against certification of Wayne County results, would amount to judicial activism in light of the other remedies available. The court denied the injunction.

Costantino v. Detroit, No. 355443

  Case Summary Appeal of the lower court.
Filed 11/16/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/04/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Poll Observer Access, Mail Voting Deadlines (for Applying, Receiving, Postmark), Signature Verification Standards)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/16/2020: Appellant Brief
11/16/2020: Order/Ruling, Application for reversal and application for appeal both denied.

Costantino v. Detroit, No. 162245

  Case Summary Appeal from denial of motion to reverse and motion to appeal.
Filed 11/17/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 11/24/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Poll Observer Access, Signature Verification Standards, Mail Voting Deadlines (for Applying, Receiving, Postmark))
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/17/2020: Appellant Brief
11/23/2020: Order/Ruling, The Michigan Supreme Court, in considering plaintiffs' request to enjoin the Wayne County Board of Canvassers election certification, ruled that the case is now moot, since the Board has already certified the election results.
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