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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Moreno v. Denney


Moreno v. Denney, No. 1:20-cv-00242 (D. Idaho)

  Case Summary Voting for Idaho's 2020 Primary election was available only by absentee ballot due to COVID-19 concerns. The absentee ballot request website crashed on the last day for voters to request absentee ballots. Voters and a principal political campaign committee sued the Secretary of State to extend the deadline to request absentee ballots and to provide public notice of this extension through the website and local media. They claim: (1) the failure of the website to function properly in the days leading up to the deadline violated the fundamental right to vote inherent in the United States Constitution, 52 U.S.C. § 10101, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Idaho Constitution Art. 1 §§ 1, 2, 19; and (2) these violations caused Plaintiffs irreparable harm and will continue to do so absent an injunction. Plaintiffs' motions for emergency injunctive relief were granted.
Filed 05/19/2020
State Idaho
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Ninth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 11/19/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Mail Voting Deadlines (for Applying, Receiving, Postmark))
Complaint(s) 05/19/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 05/23/2020: Order/Ruling, Plaintiffs' motions for a TRO and emergency injunctive relief were granted. The Secretary of State must extend the deadline to request an absentee ballot and reopen the website for voters who certify that they attempted to request an absentee ballot before the deadline but were unable to do so. The defendant must also notify voters via news and social media of the extended deadline to request an absentee ballot.
09/16/2020: Other, Final judgment in May case entered. Attorneys' fees awarded.
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