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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Metcalfe v. Wolf


Metcalfe v. Wolf, No. 636 MD 2020 (Penn. Commonw. Ct.)

  Case Summary Plaintiffs, Pennsylvania voters, filed suit against the governor, the secretary of state, and Pennsylvania’s democratic presidential electors. Plaintiffs allege that local democratic officials and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated numerous portions of the Election Code related to ballot signatures, secrecy envelopes, and poll observers. Plaintiffs seek a Writ of Mandamus directing the governor to withdraw the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Filed 12/04/2020
State Pennsylvania
Type of Court State
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 12/13/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Poll Observer Access, Claim that Mail Voting Leads to Fraud and/or Vote Dilution, Signature Verification Standards)
Complaint(s) 12/04/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/09/2020: Order/Ruling, The court held that plaintiffs cannot be entitled to relief, because what they present as a complaint is "really an improper and untimely election contest." The Election Code specifies how to commence election contests, and the court held that this complaint was neither in the proper venue or within the correct timeframe.
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