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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Braun v. Simon


Braun v. Simon, No. 62-CV-20-5602 (Ramsey Cty.)

  Case Summary Election contest under Minn. Stat. ยง209. Contestants, Minnesota voters, challenged the results of Minnesota's general election. They argued that the Secretary of State's suspension of Minnesota's witness requirement for absentee ballots violated the Equal Protection Clause since it meant the ballots were "processed differently." They further argued that the agreement to suspend the witness requirement was a violation of the state separation of powers. Finally, contestants claimed that Minnesota violated election law in its post-election review process. Contestants sought the guarding and inspection of all absentee ballots and related election materials.
Filed 12/01/2020
State Minnesota
Type of Court State
Status Closed
Last Updated 05/12/2021
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Witness and/or Notary Requirement, Poll Observer Access)
Authority To Act (State Separation of Powers)
Dispositive Ruling(s) 12/01/2020: Other
12/18/2020: Order/Ruling, Dismissed with prejudice.
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