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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Johnson v. Benson III


Johnson v. Benson, No. 162286 (Mich. Sup. Ct.)

  Case Summary Petitioners, members of Black Voices for Trump, allege that respondent state officials failed to allow meaningful poll observation, instructed election workers to count invalid ballots, and permitted grant funding from Mark Zuckerberg. Petitioners further allege that election workers forged ballots and duplicated ballots without oversight. Petitioners allege that the above and the subsequent concealment of the above violate the Election Code and seek an investigation and an injunction against final certification.
Filed 11/26/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/12/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Poll Observer Access, Claim that Mail Voting Leads to Fraud and/or Vote Dilution)
Private Funding for Local Election Authorities
Complaint(s) 11/26/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/09/2020: Order/Ruling, The Michigan Supreme Court denied relief. Justice Clement, concurring, first analyzed the complaint, finding that the only recognized cause of action is plaintiffs' Count Four, which asks for 'Mandamus and Quo Warranto,' the combination of which, since it is incongruous with the relief sought, "makes it unclear what petitioners are asking this Court to do." The court went on to find that plaintiffs' claimed statutory authority for jurisdiction was lacking. Finally, the court held that the injunction request was barred by mootness.
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