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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Beard v. Whitmer

Closed. Consolidated With Another Case

Beard v. Whitmer, No. 2:20-cv-11067 (E.D. Mich.)

  Case Summary Plaintiff Beard asserts that her first and fourteenth amendment rights were violated by the Michigan Governor's Executive Order 2020-21. Due to the Executive Order state offices including the Secretary of State, through which all judicial candidates must file, require the office to be closed until after the filing deadline has past. Plaintiff further asserts that no allowances or exceptions have been issued extending the filing date or providing alternate means of complying with the filing deadline. Plaintiff also asserts that the Executive Order prevents her from obtaining the necessary number of signatures required for judicial candidates because of "no contact" stipulations of the order in person and furthermore that mail in signatures are not a viable or reasonable option due to low response rates and the postage/mailing costs necessary to reach the necessary audiences. Consolidated with Esshaki v. Whitmer.
Filed 04/30/2020
State Michigan
Type of Court Federal
Circuit Sixth Circuit
Status Closed. Consolidated With Another Case ()
Last Updated 09/16/2020
Issue Tag(s) Petition Signature Requirement (Deadline/Time to Collect)
Candidate Signature Requirement (Threshold Number, Deadline/Time to Collect)
Complaint(s) 04/30/2020: Complaint filed.
Dispositive Ruling(s) 08/13/2020: Order/Ruling, Case consolidated with Esshaki v. Whitmer, No. 2:20-cv-10831 (E.D. Mich.)
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