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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Power Coalition for Equity and Justice v. Edwards


Power Coalition for Equity and Justice v. Edwards, No. 3:20-cv-00283 (M.D. La.) (consolidated with Clark v. Edwards)

  Case Summary Four out of six of the parishes/counties in the United States with the highest COVID-19-related death rates are in Louisiana. COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Louisiana's Black population. The Plaintiffs, which includes Louisiana voters with health issues, have requested the following changes to the absentee voting requirements: allowing no excuse absentee voting, allowing voting by mail without a witness signature, and allowing voting by mail without two witness signatures for those who use a mark to certify their application. The Plaintiffs also want these changes to apply to the November and December elections, including the 14 day early voting period that was enacted for the primaries.
Filed 05/07/2020
State Louisiana
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Fifth Circuit
Status Closed ()
Last Updated 09/06/2020
Issue Tag(s) Vote-by-Mail (Witness and/or Notary Requirement, Signature Verification Standards, Failure to Allow Fear of COVID to Qualify as “Excuse”, Failure to Allow No-Excuse Vote by Mail, Failure to Include ID/Documentation)
In-Person Voting COVID Concern (Early Voting Availability/Dates)
Complaint(s) 05/07/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 06/22/2020: Order/Ruling, Judgment dismissing case with prejudice.
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