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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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Lin Wood v. Raffensperger

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Lin Wood v. Raffensperger, No. 1:20-cv-04651-SDG (N.D. Ga.)

  Case Summary Plaintiff, a Georgia voter, alleges that defendant, the Secretary of State, violated the Elections Clause by entering into the litigation settlement in Georgia Democratic Party v. Raffensperger in March. Plaintiff alleges that the Secretary of State changed the manner of handling absentee ballots to a form inconsistent with state law. On a variation of this argument, plaintiffs further alleges that the "disparate" treatment of absentee ballots by county boards as compared to the process laid out by the Georgia legislature is an equal protection violation. Plaintiff seeks an injunction against certifying the general election results in Georgia.
Filed 11/13/2020
State Georgia
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Eleventh Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/05/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, State Separation of Powers)
Complaint(s) 11/13/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/19/2020: Order/Ruling, Denied, order to follow.
11/20/2020: Order/Ruling, The district court considered whether defendants violated the state constitution by (1) executing and enforcing the pre-election settlement agreement to the extent that it required different procedures from the Georgia Election Code, and (2) not permitting designated monitors to have certain viewing privileges of the Audit. The court held that Lin Wood lacked standing to bring these claims. The court also held plaintiff had not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits. The court denied the request for a temporary restraining order.

Lin Wood v. Raffensperger, No. 20-14418 (11th Cir.)

  Case Summary Appeal filed.
Filed 11/24/2020
State Georgia
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Eleventh Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/17/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, State Separation of Powers)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 11/24/2020: Appellant Brief
12/05/2020: Order/Ruling, The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court's holding that Lin Wood lacks standing to sue because he fails to allege a particularized injury.

Lin Wood v. Raffensperger, No. 20-799 (Sup. Ct.)

  Case Summary Petition for Cert.
Filed 12/08/2020
State Georgia
Type of Court Federal
Circuit US Supreme Court
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/17/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, State Separation of Powers)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/08/2020: Appellant Brief
01/11/2021: Order/Ruling, The Court denied petitioner's motion to expedite.
02/22/2021: Other, Cert denied.
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