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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King v. Whitmer

Closed

King v. Whitmer, No. 2:20-cv-13134-LVP-RSW (E.D. Mich.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, Michigan voters, allege that Republican poll observers were denied the opportunity to meaningfully observe, election workers forged and altered ballots, and that defective ballots were still counted. Plaintiffs claim these purported executive branch violations of the Election Code violate both the elections and Electors Clauses and that, as remedy, the court should either de-certify Michigan's results or certify them for Trump.
Filed 11/25/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Sixth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 01/12/2021
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, Electors Clause)
Complaint(s) 11/25/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/07/2020: Order/Ruling, The court held that: the suit is barred by the Eleventh Amendment, the case is now moot, the doctrine of laches applies - in that plaintiffs waited too long to bring their claims, abstention doctrine applies since parallel state proceedings are ongoing, and that plaintiffs failed to establish an injury sufficient to meet standing requirements.

King v. Whitmer, No. 20-2205 (6th Cir.)

  Case Summary Appeal from the district court ruling.
Filed 12/08/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Sixth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/12/2020
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, Electors Clause)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/08/2020: Appellant Brief

King v. Whitmer, No. 20-815 (Sup. Ct.)

  Case Summary Due to the timeline of the Sixth Circuit appeal, petitioners apply directly to the Supreme Court to "stay the Electoral College Vote" pending the outcome of this lawsuit.
Filed 12/11/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court Federal
Circuit US Supreme Court
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 01/12/2021
Issue Tag(s) Authority To Act (Elections Clause, Electors Clause)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/11/2020: Appellant Brief
01/11/2021: Order/Ruling, The Court denied petitioners' motion to expedite consideration of the petitions for writs of certiorari.
02/22/2021: Other, Cert denied.
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