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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Bowyer v. Ducey


Bowyer v. Ducey, No. 2:20-cv-02321-DJH (D. Ariz.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, Arizona voters and one candidate for Republican Arizona presidential elector, bring suit against Arizona state officials including the governor and secretary of state. Plaintiffs allege that poll watchers failed to adequately verify signatures on ballots, that Maricopa County ballot dispute referees were partisan, that Dominion backups had no chain of custody, and the Dominion machines themselves suffered from errors during state evaluations. Plaintiffs claim that defendants' actions violate the Elections and Electors Clauses, and seek de-certification of Arizona results or that Arizona certify Trump electors.
Filed 12/02/2020
State Arizona
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Ninth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/13/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, Electors Clause)
Complaint(s) 12/02/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/09/2020: Order/Ruling, The court held that plaintiffs are not candidates and allege no concrete harm, so lack standing. The court also held that plaintiffs fail to state a claim, they delayed too long in bringing the claim, their claims are moot, Colorado River abstention is warranted in this case, and that the Eleventh Amendment bars plaintiffs' request to mandate decertification. The court held that plaintiffs did not provide any evidence for their claims and dismissed the suit.
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