Case: Mejia v. Board of Elections in the City of New York

20-cv-260287 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: 2020

Case Ongoing

Clearinghouse coding in progress

Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of September 5, 2020, Joselin Mejia submitted a petition to validate her application to be a candidate on the ballot for the Democratic Party primary election held on June 23, 2020. She had filed her application without a cover sheet, which the Board of Elections for the City of New York found to be a wholly uncurable default…

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker.

According to their summary as of September 5, 2020,

Joselin Mejia submitted a petition to validate her application to be a candidate on the ballot for the Democratic Party primary election held on June 23, 2020. She had filed her application without a cover sheet, which the Board of Elections for the City of New York found to be a wholly uncurable default which completely invalidated her application. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Bronx County, agreed with the Board, citing relevant authority. The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department overturned the lower court’s ruling, finding that under the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the absence of a cover sheet was not a fatal defect to Mejia’s application; although a cover sheet may be necessary for administrative convenience, it could not outweigh the right to ballot access in such unusual circumstances as the pandemic. This ruling was itself reversed.

People


Judge(s)

Carter, John W (New York)

Garcia, Michael J. (New York)

Mazzarelli, Angela M (New York)

Richter, Rosalyn H. (New York)

Rivera, Jenny (New York)

Stein, Sidney H. (New York)

Wilson, Rowan D (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cruz, Angel (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Druker, Elina (New York)

Johnson, James E. (New York)

Judge(s)

Carter, John W (New York)

Garcia, Michael J. (New York)

Mazzarelli, Angela M (New York)

Richter, Rosalyn H. (New York)

Rivera, Jenny (New York)

Stein, Sidney H. (New York)

Wilson, Rowan D (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cruz, Angel (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Druker, Elina (New York)

Johnson, James E. (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2602871/2020

Memorandum Decision

New York state supreme court

May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

Order/Opinion

20-cv-260287

Order

New York state supreme court

183 A.D.3d 477

May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

Order/Opinion

58

Opinion

Seawright v. Board of Elections in the City of New York

New York state appellate court

150 N.E.3d 848

May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 28, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Healthy Elections COVID litigation tracker

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes