University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

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March 1, 2021
Executive Order 13798—Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty
Administration of Donald J. Trump
Date: May 4, 2017
By: Donald J. Trump
It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to ...
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February 27, 2021
Immigrant Rights Groups File Class Action Suit Challenging Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban”
American Immigration Council
Date: Mar. 17, 2017
By: American Immigration Council
In January 2017, the American Immigration Council, along with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the National Immigration Project filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s first Muslim ban, implemented through an executive order, on grounds that it violates the Constitution� ...
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February 24, 2021
Muslim Ban Litigation
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
Date: Feb. 3, 2020
By: Brennan Center for Justice
Less than a week after taking office, President Trump began the process of following through on his campaign promise of instituting a Muslim ban, triggering large-scale protests and chaos at airports around the country. Push back from the Courts led to the first ban being revoked, but two ...
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February 24, 2021
Criminal Alien Program (CAP) FOIA Documents
American Immigration Council
Date: Jul. 15, 2014
By: American Immigration Council
American Immigration Council and AILA’s Connecticut chapter initially sought records related to CAP through a FOIA request to ICE in December 2011. When ICE refused to release records responsive to the request, Plaintiffs filed suit under FOIA for declaratory and injunctive relief to compel the ...
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February 24, 2021
Criminal Alien Program (CAP)
American Immigration Council
Date: Jul. 31, 2013
By: American Immigration Council
Co-Plaintiffs American Immigration Council and AILA’s Connecticut chapter initially sought records related to the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) through a FOIA request to ICE in December 2011. When ICE refused to release responsive records, Plaintiffs filed suit under FOIA to compel their ...
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February 23, 2021
Alvarez v. La Rose: Otay Mesa Detention Center
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Date: Sep. 22, 2020
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
NIPNLG, the ACLU of San Diego, the ACLU, and Ropes & Gray, LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of all persons detained pretrial and post-conviction in US Marshals Service custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center--a facility ...
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February 23, 2021
Brizuela v. Feliciano
Yale Law School
Date: Nov. 14, 2017
By: Yale Law School
In February 2012 Sergio Brizuela, a resident of East Haven represented by the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, filed a proposed state-wide class action lawsuit against the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) on behalf of all persons held by DOC based solely on ...
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February 21, 2021
Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community, LLC: Seventh Circuit Holds Landlords May Be Liable for Tenant-on-Tenant Discriminatory Harassment.
Harvard Law Review
Date: May 10, 2019
By: Harvard Law Review (Harvard Law School)
132 Harv. L. Rev. 2050
As federal civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 (FHA), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 have much in common, but they diverge in one crucial respect. While employers and schools can be held liable for employee-on-employee and ...
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February 21, 2021
Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community
Lambda Legal
Date: August 27, 2018
By: Lambda Legal
In a groundbreaking decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a landlord may be held liable under the Fair Housing Act for failing to protect a tenant from known, discriminatory harassment at the hands of other tenants, reinstating Lambda Legal’s federal lawsuit on behalf of ...
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February 20, 2021
Attorney General James Files Lawsuit Against the NYPD for Excessive Use of Force
New York State Attorney General
Date: Jan. 14, 2021
By: New York State Attorney General
New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and its leadership to end its pattern of using excessive force and making false arrests against New Yorkers during peaceful protests. In the complaint, Attorney General James outlines ...
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February 19, 2021
Black Millennial Movement et al v Trump
ACLU Oregon
Date: 2021
By: ACLU Oregon
Protesters who were abducted, beaten, and gassed by federal agents in Portland, Oregon, are suing President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, DHS officials, and the federal agents that violated the protesters’ civil rights in a lawsuit filed today by the ...
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February 16, 2021
Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction
WhiteHouse.org
Date: Jan. 20, 2021
By: Joseph Biden
Like every nation, the United States has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats. But building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our ...
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February 7, 2021
Executive Order 14012: Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans
Federal Register
Date: Feb. 5, 2021
By: President Joseph Biden (Office of the President)
Like every nation, the United States has a right and a duty to secure its borders and protect its people against threats. But building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution. It is a waste of money that diverts attention from genuine threats to our ...
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February 5, 2021
Lawsuit: Law enforcement fails to provide Oregonians with disabilities equal access to Portland demonstrations
CREEC
Date: Nov. 2, 2020
By: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
A lawsuit filed last night on behalf of people with disabilities in federal district court in Portland argues that law enforcement tactics fail to provide equal access to public demonstrations calling for racial justice, robbing them of their constitutional right to assemble and protest. People ...
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February 5, 2021
Indigo Williams, et. al. v. Phil Bryant et. al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: 2020
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Mississippi has repeatedly violated a nearly 150-year-old, legally binding obligation to operate a “uniform system of free public schools” for all children, an obligation placed on the state as a condition of rejoining the Union after the Civil War. Mississippi enshrined this requirement in the ...
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February 4, 2021
Grant Turner v. U.S. Agency for Global Media
Global Freedom of Expression
Date: 2021
By: Global Freedom of Expression
The United States (U.S.) District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the defendants in respect of actions taken by them within the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) that likely violated the First Amendment. The case concerned six plaintiffs ...
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January 27, 2021
Wis. Leg. v. Evers
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The Wisconsin state legislature filed this lawsuit against Tony Evers in his official capacity as the Governor of Wisconsin in the Wisconsin Supreme Court as an original action. Plaintiffs sought a temporary injunction against the governor's Executive Order suspending in-person voting from the ...
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January 27, 2021
Taylor v. Milwaukee Elections Comm’n
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Washington state senator Lena Taylor, Tory Lowe (candidate for alderman in the City of Wilwaukee's 6th aldermanic district) and Justice Wisconsin Inc. (non-profit founded by Lowe) sued the Wilwaukee Election Commission and its members, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary ...
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January 27, 2021
Swenson v. Bostelmann
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Tracker
Date: Dec. 20, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Action by group of citizens alleging denial of right to vote in 4/7/20 Wisconsin Presidential Primary and Spring Election. Complaint seeks damages and injunctive and declaratory relief to establish reasonable, disability accessible, and constitutionally sufficient voting procedures (including mail ...
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January 27, 2021
Jefferson v. Dane County
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Petitioners Mark Jefferson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a petition and motion for temporary injunctive relief against respondents Dane County and Scott McDonell, in his official capacity as Dane County Clerk. Petitioners sought a temporary injunction ordering Mr. McDonell to remove a ...
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January 27, 2021
Edwards v. Vos
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Dec. 20, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Class action by group of citizens alleging denial of right to vote in 4/7/20 Wisconsin Presidential Primary and Spring Election. Complaint seeks damages and injunctive and declaratory relief to establish reasonable, disability accessible, and constitutionally sufficient voting procedures (including ...
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January 26, 2021
Debraska v. Oneida Business Comm.
Date: Dec. 20, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Election Board canceled a May 23 primary election for tribal positions after passage of legislation allowing for this adjustment. Plaintiffs, candidates in the primary and Oneida Nation voters, seek a declaration that the legislation and subsequent cancellation of the ...
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January 26, 2021
City of Green Bay v. Bostelmann
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
After the Wisconsin Governor, Secretary-Designee, and Election Committee refused to postpone the April 2020 election, the City and Mayor of Green Bay sought declaratory and injunctive relief permitting them to delay the election to June 2020, extend the voter registration deadline, be relieved of ...
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January 25, 2021
Common Cause R.I. v. Gorbea
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 19, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs Common Cause Rhode Island (CC-RI), League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, and three Rhode Island registered voters sued Rhode Island Secretary of State and members of the Rohde Island Board of Elections, challenging the state's two witness/notary signature requirement of mail-in ballots ...
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January 25, 2021
Washington v. Trump
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 18, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs are WA, CO, CT, IL, MD, MI, MN, NV, NM, OR, RI, VT, WI, and VA suing Trump, DeJoy and the USPS. The complaint begins by laying out the historical importance of the post office and by describing the statutory requirements that the post office must satisfy in order to implement certain ...
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January 25, 2021
Seventh Cong. Dist. Republican Comm. v. Va. Dep’t of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 6, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
In Virginia, each qualified party decides for itself whether to use a primary or a convention to nominate for any particular partisan office. On April 15, a state trial court judge granted an injunction against the state law that says conventions must take place no later than June 9. The Seventh ...
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January 25, 2021
Luciani v. Va. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Independent candidate for House of Representatives brought a claim against the Virginia Department of Elections and State Board of Elections seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief pertaining to Virginia signature requirements to appear on ballot in light of hardship caused by COVID and ...
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January 25, 2021
Libertarian Party v. Va. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Third parties and their candidates for US House, Senate, and President sued the Virginia State Board of Elections to eliminate the petition signature requirement for the 2020 election due to COVID. After a one day bench trial on 7/13/20, the Court concluded that the signature requirements were ...
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January 25, 2021
Lean on McLean v. Showalter
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Tracy McLean, a candidate for Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia, sought to enjoin enforcement of certain procedures for appearing on the ballot in the November 2020 Richmond Mayoral Election on the grounds that such restrictions violated her First Amendment rights in light of the challenges ...
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January 25, 2021
Gary v. Va. Dep’t of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs--blind/visually-impaired registered voters, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia, and American Council of the Blind of Virginia, Inc.--sued Virginia Department of Elections ("VA DOE"), Virginia State Board of Elections, and officers of those organizations for violating the ADA by ...
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January 25, 2021
Curtin v. Va. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 7, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs allege absentee ballots increases voter fraud and thus violates the first and 14th Amendment, Art. I, section 4, cl. 1*
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January 25, 2021
Alliance Party v. Va. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Third party and its candidate for president sued Virginia Board of Elections seeking to modify in-person signature collection requirements in light of COVID-19. Also seek to modify the requirement that electors for 3rd party candidates need to be named on the petition before signatures are ...
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January 25, 2021
Alberto v. City of Roanoke
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 22, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Two potential candidates allege that they cannot reasonably meet the State Board of Elections rules to appear on the ballot. Specifically, given COVID and relevant Stay at Home orders, limitations on gatherings over 10 people and social distancing: 1) they cannot reasonably obtain the required ...
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January 24, 2021
Garbett v. Herbert
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
After a request to modify the signature gathering requirements to permit electronic signatures, a candidate seeking the Republican party nomination for gubernatorial election brought action for declaratory and injunctive relief against Utah's Governor and Lieutenant Governor, asserting that state's ...
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January 24, 2021
Texas v. Hollins
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=229
Date: Nov. 19, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Texas, through its Attorney General, seeks to prevent the Harris County Clerk from mailing applications for mail ballots to every registered voter in the counting. Texas claims that doing so will increase fraud and exceeds the clerk's statutory authority. Texas seeks a temporary restraining order, ...
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January 24, 2021
Texas Alliance of Retired Americans v. Hughes
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=200
Date: Jan. 14, 2021
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Appellants renew their request to enjoin the implementation of HB 25, which would eliminate straight ticket voting (STV) in Texas as a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs contend that the elimination of STV would disenfranchise minority voters because minority voters utilize ...
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January 24, 2021
Semien v. Hughs
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=208
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs, Texas voters with disabilities and organizations that represent those individuals, bring claims under Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 against the Texas Secretary of State for failing to provide them means of voting secretly and independently and ...
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January 24, 2021
Mi Familia Vota v. Abbott
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 22, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs Mi Familia Vota, Texas State Conference of NAACP, and individual registered voters sued Governor and Secretary of State of Texas for violating the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifteenth Amendment, section 2 of the Voting ...
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January 24, 2021
In re State of Texas
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=130
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
In Texas, voting by mail is only permitted if the voter qualifies under categories of (1) absence from county of residence, (2) disability, (3) over 65, (4) incarcerated, or (5) part of the address confidentiality program. Disability is defined as "sickness or physical condition that prevents the ...
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January 24, 2021
In re Hotze
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=230
Date: Oct. 18, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
The issue in this case is whether Harris County Clerk Christopher Hollins (Respondent) is violating Texas Election Code § 84.012 by sending applications for mail-in ballots to over 2.37 million registered voters in Harris County regardless of whether the individual requested the application or has ...
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January 24, 2021
Gloria v. Hughs
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=181
Date: Oct. 15, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs (a group of individual voters) sued the Texas Secretary of State claiming that denying the right to vote on account of age (by only making vote by mail without excuse available to for those at least 65 years old) violates the 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The complaint further ...
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January 24, 2021
Gloria v. Hughs
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=132
Date: Oct. 15, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs (a group of individual voters) sued the Texas Secretary of State claiming that denying the right to vote on account of age (by only making vote by mail without excuse available to for those at least 65 years old) violates the 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The complaint further ...
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January 24, 2021
Lichtenstein v. Hargett
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=223
Date: Oct. 22, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Tennesee law forbids anyone but employees of election commissions from providing absentee ballot applications to any person. The COVID pandemic is anticipated to increase the demand for absentee voting in Tennessee. Plaintiffs engage in voter outreach, including disseminating information about ...
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January 23, 2021
Walker v. Barnett
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=178
Date: Oct. 15, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiff started circulating petition to be on ballot for US Senate, but because of Covid-19, social distancing recommendations, and lack of alternative ways to circulate the petition by the Secretary of State and unknown federal employyes, he files a pro se civil suit against the US, the unknown ...
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January 23, 2021
Acosta v. Restrepo
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 10, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Candidates for Rhode Island (RI) Senate sought injunctive relief from RI statutory ballot qualification requiring in-person solicitation and receipt of signatures, in-person witness, and wet signature of common petition form. Court granted injunctive relief for 2020 candidate nomination process ...
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January 23, 2021
Arlene Ocasio v. Comisión Estatal de Elecciones
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 1, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Although Puerto Rico's legislature expanded absentee and early voting eligibility for recent primaries and authorized expansions for the upcoming election, Puerto Rico's Comisión Estatal de Elecciones de Puerto Rico has not acted to allow senior citizens to vote early or absentee in November. The ...
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January 22, 2021
Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 6, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Petitioners request a declaratory and injunction relief so as to protect the franchise of absentee and mail-in voters. On October 31, 2019 the Governor enacted Act 77 which permits no excuse mail-in voting for all qualified electors. Due to COVID-19, Act 12 was passed. This Act allowed counties to ...
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January 22, 2021
NAACP Penn. State Conference v. Boockvar
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 16, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiff NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference sued Pennsylvania's Secretary of State and Director of the Bureau of Election Services and Notaries ("State Defendants"). It alleges that Pennsylvania's election laws and practices during the pandemic severely burden the right to vote and ...
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January 20, 2021
Libertarian Party v. Wolf
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs, three political parties and their supporters and potential candidates for office, sought a preliminary injunction enjoining the enforcement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s in-person signature requirements for party candidates. Plaintiffs argued that given the extraordinary ...
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January 20, 2021
League of Women Voters of Penn. v. Boockvar
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 16, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and individual voters sued state and county officials. Plaintiffs alleged that Pennsylvania’s failure to provide, on a uniform and statewide basis, absentee and mail-in voters with any opportunity to cure ...
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January 19, 2021
Johnakin v. U.S. Postal Service
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 18, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
The USPS allegedly enacted operational challenges after June 2020 that reduced postal service worker hours, forbade overtime, and removed sorting machines, thus affecting the postal service's ability to deliver ballots cast by mail in a timely manner. Pennsylvania enacted a law to expand access to ...
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January 19, 2021
In re: Extension of time for Absentee and Mail-in Ballots
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Facts: The Montgomery County, PA Board of Elections filed an emergency petition to extend the date for the return of absentee and mail-in ballots (to align with the deadline for military and overseas ballots). The extension was requested because an update to the State Uniform Registry of Electors ( ...
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January 19, 2021
In re: Extension of time for Absentee and Mail-in Ballots
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Dec. 20, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Due to the high number of applications for mail-in and absentee ballots on account of the pandemic, despite its best efforts (including appropriating resources from other county agencies), the county board of elections was unable to process applications in a timely manner. The board feared that ...
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January 18, 2021
Muting Gideon’s Trumpet: The Crisis in Indigent Criminal Defense in Texas
Prison Policy Initiative
Date: Sep. 22, 2000
By: Prison Policy Initiative
The Gideon case, while a landmark, merely extended the reasoning of Powell v. Alabama, 287 U.S. 45 (1932), which had earlier ruled that the Constitution required legal counsel be appointed or otherwise provided for indigents accused in capital cases. Later cases such as In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967 ...
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January 18, 2021
ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Gov. and DOC for Failure to Protect Medically Vulnerable People in Prison from COVID-19
ACLU Colorado
Date: 2020
By: ACLU Colorado
ACLU of Colorado filed a class action lawsuit today against Governor Polis and the Department of Corrections seeking an emergency order to compel the DOC to protect medically vulnerable incarcerated people from COVID-19. The requested order includes prioritizing the release of people who are older, ...
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January 18, 2021
Colorado DOC Population Management Plan - COVID-19
Colorado DOC
Date: Apr. 21, 2020
By: Colorado DOC
At the outbreak of COVID-19, the DOC quickly reviewed all relevant strategies and approaches to prevent the spread of the virus. These strategies mirror many of the public-facing strategies, but there are some profound challenges that are unique to the prison environment. *
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January 11, 2021
In re: Extension of time for Absentee and Mail-in Ballots
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=118
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
The Delaware County Board of Elections submitted an emergency petition to allow it to extend the deadline to accept and tabulate mail-in ballots for the June Primary. As of the date of the Primary on June 2, 2020, about 400-500 ballots still had not been mailed out. The Delaware County Board of ...
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January 3, 2021
Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland
ACLU Oregon
Date: October 9, 2020
By: ACLU Oregon
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon and Braunhagey & Borden LLP filed a class-action lawsuit on June 28, 2020 on behalf of journalists and legal observers who were targeted and attacked by the police while documenting protests in Portland over the killing of George Floyd. The ...
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December 30, 2020
Judge Halts ‘Public Health’ Expulsions of Children at the Border
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/us/politics/trump-migrant-children.html
Date: Nov. 18, 2020
By: Zolan Kanno-Youngs (New York Times)
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a public health emergency decree did not give the Trump administration authority to expel unaccompanied children before they could request asylum.*
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December 24, 2020
Jamilla Clark and Arwa Aziz on Behalf of Themselves and Others Similarly Situated, and Turning Point for Women and Families -AGAINST- The City of New York
https://www.stopspying.org/hijab
Date: Mar. 11, 2019
By: Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Inc. (The Urban Justice Center)
STOP and our co-counsel are pursuing a federal civil rights lawsuit to end the NYPD policy of forcing arrestees to remove religious head coverings, including turbans, wigs, hats, and the hijab. Our plaintiffs include a survivor of domestic violence who was traumatized by the NYPD when she was ...
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December 24, 2020
Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database v. City of Chicago
https://www.macarthurjustice.org/case/chicagoans-for-an-end-to-the-gang-database/
Date: Sep. 3, 2020
By: Vanessa del Valle (MacArthur Justice Center)
The MacArthur Justice Center represents the Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, in a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD) targeting the widespread use of an inaccurate, racially ...
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December 24, 2020
A Critical Legal Rhetoric Approach to In Re African-American Slave Descendants Litigation
https://scholarship.law.stjohns.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=jcred
Date: Jun. 1, 2010
By: Lolita Buckner Inniss (St. John's Law Scholarship Repository)
Critical legal rhetoric is a means of explicating the way in which rhetoric and ideology relate to law. It names the rhetorical practices and clarifies the ideologies that go into making up the law's articulations. Critical legal rhetoric is, in other words, a way of understanding not only why law ...
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December 24, 2020
Fazaga v. FBI
https://www.aclusocal.org/en/cases/fazaga-v-fbi
Date: Feb. 21, 2011
By: ACLU of Southern California
Fazaga v. FBI is a case against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for illegally spying on the Muslim community in Orange County, California.

In June 2006, FBI agents sent an informant to one of the largest, most diverse mosques in Orange County, California, who posed as a convert to ...
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December 22, 2020
Drenth v. Boockvar
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Joseph Drenth and National Federation of the Blind in Pennsylvania brought a civil rights case under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act asserting that Pennsylvania's election policies violated the rights of the blind by not providing accessible ballots for blind ...
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December 22, 2020
People Not Politicians Oregon v. Clarno
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
In light of COVID-19 issues, Petitioner attempted to meet the signature requirements using online and mail, but was not able to meet the threshold required to add petitions to the November ballot. Petitioner requests that the Secretary of State adjust both the deadline (to mid-August) and threshold ...
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December 22, 2020
The Obama administration released the 2009 interrogation/rendition task force report I sued them for under the Freedom of Information Act
https://charliesavage.com/?p=1423
Date: 12/06/2016
By: Charlie Savage
President Obama is today scheduled to deliver his last major speech about national security, which will summarize and defend his counterterrorism legal policy and strategy over the past eight years. Ahead of that, the administration released a pile of documents yesterday. These included a 61-page ...
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December 22, 2020
Here’s a previously top secret 2005 Bush Justice Department memo on Stellarwind surveillance and prosecutors’ discovery obligations
https://charliesavage.com/?p=1579
Date: Mar. 31, 2017
By: Charlie Savage
In response to one of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits I am fighting with The New York Times’ lawyer David McCraw and our annual First Amendment Fellow, Ian MacDougal, the government has turned over a May 2005 memorandum by Patrick Rowan, who was then a top national-security prosecutor in ...
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December 22, 2020
Don’t cite the Prism v. Upstream collection numbers from Judge Bates’ 2011 FISC opinion anymore
https://charliesavage.com/?p=1714
By: Charlie Savage
Among surveillance legal policy specialists, it is common to cite a set of statistics from an October 2011 opinion by Judge John Bates, then of the FISA Court, about the volume of internet communications the National Security Agency was collecting under the FISA Amendments Act (“Section 702”) ...
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December 22, 2020
Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-12-17/pdf/2020-27856.pdf
Date: Dec. 17, 2020
By: Chad R. Mizelle (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
On July 16, 2019, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (‘‘DOJ,’’ ‘‘DHS,’’ or, collectively, ‘‘the Departments’’) published an interim final rule (‘‘IFR’’) governing asylum claims in the context of aliens who enter or attempt to enter the ...
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December 22, 2020
Class Action Lawsuit Challenges California Cities' For-Profit Prosecution Scheme
https://ij.org/case/indio-fines/
Date: Jan. 1, 2020
By: Institute for Justice
There is a new sheriff in town in Indio, California and he’s coming after residents who find themselves caught in the city’s outrageous new code enforcement law.

That sheriff is a private, for-profit law firm called Silver and Wright, which was hired by Indio in 2014 to serve as ...
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December 22, 2020
McCarter v. Brown
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 28, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiff sought a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction asking for multiple types of relief due to the Governor of Oregon and various local county officials’ executive orders’ violating plaintiff’s Constitutional Rights afforded under the 1st Amendment and 14th Amendment of ...
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December 22, 2020
NILA’s Affirmative Litigation Docket
https://immigrationlitigation.org/impact-litigation/
Date: Nov. 19, 2020
By: National Immigration Litigation Alliance
NILA’s impact litigation in the federal courts seeks procedural or substantive change either to extend the rights of noncitizens or to eliminate systemic obstacles they or their immigration counsel routinely face. It includes affirmative suits in district court as well as select circuit level ...
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December 22, 2020
Featured Issue: USCIS’s Blank Space Policy
https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/featured-issue-usciss-blank-space-policy
Date: Dec. 21, 2020
By: American Immigration Lawyers Association
As a result of class action litigation in Vangala v. USCIS challenging USCIS's “No Blank Space” policy, USCIS has agreed to stop implementing the rejection policy for asylum applications and U visa petitions starting December 28, 2020. Read AILA's practice alert for more details.

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December 22, 2020
Wright v. Oklahoma
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Stephen Christopher Wright is challenging Oklahoma statute Title 26 §26511 as creating barriers to running for office. The Statute allows 2 methods for candidates to get on the ballot; (i) pay a filing fee, and (ii) gather physical signatures of voters in the district. COVID-19 has caused the ...
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December 22, 2020
Manning v. Rogers
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Facts/claims: Secretary of State has delayed signature counting and verification for a State Question (law prohibiting extreme sentencing) due to COVID-19 related difficulties. Court agreed and directed Secretary of State to begin signature count to consider petition.*
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December 22, 2020
Hawkins v. Ziriax
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 22, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Green Party nominee for President and registered voters in the State of Oklahoma brought an action against the Oklahoma State Election Board seeking: (i) a declaratory judgment that certain Oklahoma statutes (Okla. Stat. tit. 26 Sec. 5-112 and 10-101.1) (the "Oklahoma Election Statutes") are ...
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December 22, 2020
Ohio ex rel. Speweik v. Wood Cnty. Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Facts/Claims: Plaintiff candidate for an Ohio county court of common pleas sued the Ohio Secretary of State and the Wood Country Board of Elections, alleging violation of election laws for changing the primary date from March 17 when the state legislature had not elected to move the primary date ...
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December 22, 2020
Ohio ex rel. ODP v. LaRose
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
After Ohio Department of Health ordered the closing of polling places the day before the March primary, the Secretary of State issued a directive to extend absentee voting through June 1 and set June 2 as the date for in-person voting. The Ohio Democratic Party challenged the Secretary of State's ...
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December 22, 2020
Ohio Democratic Party v. LaRose
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 10, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Ohio Democratic Party and other plaintiffs seek a declarative judgment that Ohio law does not limit counties to one drop box for absentee ballots, nor does it limit their location to county boards of elections, despite the Secretary of State's earlier instruction to the contrary. The plaintiffs ...
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December 22, 2020
LWV of Ohio v. LaRose II
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 7, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Signature matching procedures and standards are inconsistent across different counties in Ohio. The State also fails to provide sufficient opportunity for voters to correct any signature mismatches. The voters most susceptible to signature mismatches are the elderly, disabled, ill and non-native ...
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December 22, 2020
Hawkins v. DeWine
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs seek to modify or enjoin both the State's ballot access provisions for independent political candidates and the State's requirements for formation of a minor political party. Specifically, they challenge the in-person nominating petition signing requirements and nominating petition ...
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December 22, 2020
Duncan v. LaRose
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 6, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiff is a presidential candidate, arguing that the signature requirement to appear on the Ohio ballot is unconstitutional in light of the Gov.'s stay at home order; P moved for a PI to either waive the signature requirement or put P on the ballot.*
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December 21, 2020
Brockman v. LaRose
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs, two individuals over 65 years of age (Reardon and Brockman), enjoined the court to delay Ohio’s primary election, scheduled to take place on March 17, 2020, to June 2, 2020, as was recommended by the Governor and Secretary of State of Ohio. Plaintiffs alleged that, if not enjoined, ...
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December 17, 2020
Donald J. Trump for Pres., Inc. v. Boockvar
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 22, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The Trump Campaign, four Republican members of Congress, the RNC, and two PA residents sued the PA Secretary of State, and the County Election Boards of all 67 PA counties. The general theme of the complaint is that mail-in-voting is the “single greatest threat to free and fair elections.” The ...
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December 17, 2020
Disability Rights Penn. v. Boockvar
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Disability Rights Pennsylvania; SeniorLAW Center; Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition, Inc. (SEAMAAC); Suzanne Erb; The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia (Petitioners), challenged the constitutionality of sections 1302, 1302.1, 1302.2, and 1308 of the 2019 Omnibus ...
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December 17, 2020
Delisle v. Boockvar
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The case concerns an emergency petition for an extension of time to allow the Bucks County, PA, Board of Elections to count the Voted Absentee and Mail-in Ballots that were received during the 2020 Pennsylvania Primary Election. On May 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District, ...
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December 16, 2020
NSA Declassifies Internet Surveillance Files from 2011 Case
The New York Times Company
Date: Oct. 11, 2017
By: Charlie Savage
In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by The New York Times, the National Security Agency has declassified these previously secret documents from the docket of a 2011 case before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The case concerned problems with the NSA's so-called " ...
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December 16, 2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, State of California, State of Delware, District of Columbia, State of Maine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and State of North Carolina v. Louis DeJoy and the United States Postal Service
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 7, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Plaintiffs PA, CA, DE, DC, ME, MA, and NC bring suit against DeJoy, Duncan (chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors), and USPS challenging recent changes to USPS policies resulting in delay of the mail with impacts on the election. Under the Postal Reorganization Act, USPS is required to ...
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December 14, 2020
A. Philip Randolph Inst. of Ohio v. LaRose
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=222
Date: Nov. 5, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
USPS operational changes may delay receipt of mailed absentee ballots and result in voided ballots. Ohio now allows absentee voters to drop off absentee ballot applications and ballots in secure drop boxes rather than mailing materials via USPS. But Ohio Secretary of State LaRose also restricts ...
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December 14, 2020
Sinner v. Jaeger
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=77
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Suit challenged North Dakota constitutional and statutory provisions governing the signature process to place a constitutional amendment on the November 3, 2020 ballot that would create a nonpartisan legislative redistricting process. These provisions require persons to sign a petition in the ...
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December 14, 2020
Stringer v. North Carolina
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=73
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
The suit challenges (1) the State's failure to provide accessible in-person voting opportunities that comply with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) vote-by-mail restrictions (postage at voters' expense, witness requirement, untenable absent ballot receipt deadline ...
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December 14, 2020
N.C. State Conference of the NAACP v. N.C. State Bd. of Elections
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=180
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs, North Carolina State Conference of NAACP branches and individual registered voters residing in counties using the ExpressVote machine, sued North Carolina State Board of Elections and Board of Elections of various North Carolina Counties to enjoin them from employing the ExpressVote to ...
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December 14, 2020
Chambers v. North Carolina
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=74
Date: Sep. 6, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs were in ill-health, some were senior citizens and all live alone and are following social distancing guidelines. They all intend to vote via absentee ballot and are concerned about the witness requirements exposing them to COVID-19.*
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December 14, 2020
Advance N.C. v. North Carolina
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=72
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
North Carolina has "no-excuse" absentee voting by mail which requires an application for an absentee ballot. Until 2018, voters could submit completed applications directly or through a third party. Following enactment of SB 683, most third party organizations and individuals were prohibited from ...
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December 14, 2020
Yin v. Cuomo
https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=93
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
After Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23, which canceled the June 23, 2020 Special Election for Queens Borough President, Dao Yin and Jay Yee, two candidates, filed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against the Executive Order. The Court denied ...
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December 14, 2020
Yang v. Kellner
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 6, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and certain pledged delegates sue New York State Board of Elections for canceling the presidential primary. The legal claims are: (1) undue burden on and denial of the right to vote under the 1st and 14th Amendments, (2) denial of procedural due process ...
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December 14, 2020
Quinn v. Cuomo
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
After Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.23, which canceled the June 23, 2020 Special Election for Queens Borough President, Jim Quinn, a Democratic candidate in the election, filed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against the Executive Order. The ...
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December 14, 2020
Puliafito v. Bd. of Elections in the City of NY
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 6, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Seawright filed a petition designating her a candidate for the office of Member of the Assembly for the 76th District on the Democratic Party primary ballot. This petition required a cover sheet, which Seawright failed to file prior to the March 20 deadline. Seawright also filed a petition ...
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December 13, 2020
Murray v. Cuomo
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
On March 14, Governor issued Executive Order 202.2, which reduced the time to collect designating petition signatures (changing date from April 2 to March 17) and reduced the number of required signatures (from 5% to 1.5%) of registered party members. After submission of designating petition, NYC ...
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December 12, 2020
Mujumder v. Bd. of Elections in the City of NY
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Petitioners filed designating petitions in order to be placed on the ballot for the Democratic Party primary election in June 2020. Petitioners failed to timely file cover sheets required in connection with such designating petitions, which delays they attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 ...
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December 12, 2020
Mejia v. Bd. of Elections in the City of NY
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
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 ...
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December 12, 2020
League of Women Voters of the U.S. v. Kosinski
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 22, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Facts/Claims: The League of Women’s Voters of the United States, the League of Women’s Voters of New York, and an individual voter sued Commissioners and Executive Directors of the New York State Board of Elections, alleging the State’s absentee voting procedures unconstitutionally violate (i) ...
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December 12, 2020
Jasikoff v. Comm’rs of the Westchester Cnty. Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Petitioner circulated petitions to run in the Democratic Party primary election as a candidate for the public office of Member of the New York State Assembly for the 88th Assembly District. On March 18, 2020, the Legislature passed an act requiring that a designating petition for the June 2020 ...
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December 10, 2020
Hernandez v. N.Y. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 19, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Plaintiffs claim violations of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for New York State Board of Election's failure to provide accessible paper ballot for individuals who cannot independently mark a paper ballot due to their disabilities*
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December 10, 2020
Hawatmeh v. NY State Board of Elections
MIT-Stanford Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Petitioner filed a designating petition on March 20, designating Petitioner a Conservative Party candidate for the public office of Member of the US House of Representatives for the 19th Congressional District. Petitioner mailed to the Board of Elections the required certificate of acceptance on ...
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December 9, 2020
Corona v. Cegavske
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 7, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Facts: Plaintiffs challenge a series of Nevada practices. The Nevada Secretary of State announced that mail-in ballots would be mailed to active (but not inactive) registered voters. The vote by mail signature cure period is only seven days, which plaintiffs argue is not sufficient time to cure ...
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December 9, 2020
New Approach Mont. v. Montana
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The Montana Constitution permits citizens to enact laws by initiative, but sets forth requirements for collecting and submitting signatures. New Approach Montana alleges emergency circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic nullifies its ability to gather the signatures required to qualify ...
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December 9, 2020
Donald J. Trump for President v. Bullock
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Oct. 7, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Governor Bullock enacted an executive order granting universal vote-by-mail balloting. Plaintiffs allege that (1) such a system is vulnerable to voter abuse and fraud; (2) only the state legislature has the authority to enact universal vote-by-mail. In doing so, Plaintiffs claim violations of the ...
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December 9, 2020
American Women v. Missouri
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 10, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
After the Missouri officials realized the pandemic would affect the November 3 election, they passed a new bill loosening many of its previous requirements, but only for some voters and not others. These plaintiffs challenge five restrictions that either remain after or were imposed by these rule ...
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December 9, 2020
Parham v. Watson
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Mississippi law allows those with permanent or temporary disability to vote absentee if in-person voting could reasonably cause danger to the voter or others. New legislation further establishes that individuals under physicain-imposed quarantine and those caring for such individuals count as ...
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December 9, 2020
Oppenheim v. Watson
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 8, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Plaintiffs sued Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson for a declaratory judgment regarding the meaning of the absentee ballot provision in Mississippi law (Section 23-15-713(d)) and who can vote absentee in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including clarification regarding the meaning ...
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December 9, 2020
NAACP Minn. v. Simon
MIT-Stanford Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
The Complaint challenges two Minnesota voting-by-mail requirements: (1) each absentee ballot be witnessed by a registered Minnesota voter, a notary, or person otherwise authorized to administer oaths (the “Witness Requirement”), Minn. Stat. § 203B.07, and (2) unless a voter is located in a ...
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December 9, 2020
Gallagher v. N.Y. State Bd. of Elections
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 5, 2020
By: COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker
Plaintiffs requested declaratory relief with respect to the validation of ballots that were incorrectly or untimely postmarked by the USPS, despite defendants' assurances that such ballots would be valid. Plaintiffs allege that under New York Executive Order 202.26, pre-paid postage would be ...
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December 8, 2020
Minn. Voters Alliance v. Walz
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs argue that the mask mandate in public places passed by Executive Order by the governor of Minnesota at the start of the pandemic conflicts with a Minnesota statute prohibiting the wearing of a mask in public. The plaintiffs argue that the prospect of being prosecuted either for wearing a ...
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December 8, 2020
Reed-Pratt v. Winfrey
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiff sued City Clerk for the City of Detroit, Detroit Department of Elections, and Detroit Election Commission for violating her procedural and substantive due process rights by mailing of an unsolicited absentee voter application. Plaintiff voted in person in the August 4, 2020 democratic ...
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December 8, 2020
Kishore v. Whitmer
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: October 22, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs filed action challenging Michigan's ballot-access requirements for independent candidates for President of the United States. The plaintiffs had filed to run for President/Vice-President with the FEC but did not file the qualifying petition or collect the requisite signatures under ...
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December 8, 2020
Jobs for Downriver v. Whitmer
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 7, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs, duly-formed local ballot question committees, challenged various municipal charter provisions and Michigan statutes related to the number of signatures required to submit local ballot questions, and the deadlines to submit the signatures to place questions on the November 3, 2020 ...
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December 8, 2020
Fair and Equal Mich. v. Benson
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 19, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Michigan’s constitution allows its citizens to propose legislation through initiatives, which result from petitions: (a) signed by at least eight percent of the total vote cast for all gubernatorial candidates in the prior election, with such signatures collected at least 180 days before filing ...
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December 8, 2020
Eason v. Whitmer
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 15, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
A candidate for The House of Representatives and voter in MI argues that MI’s ballot access procedures in combination with emergency declarations issued in MI violate his 1st and 14th amendment rights both as a voter and a candidate. He claims that independent candidates are required to gather ...
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December 8, 2020
Davis v. Wayne Cnty. Election Comm’n
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs brought an action against the Wayne County Election Commission and individual county and City of Detroit officials claiming that the Commission had certified the Defendant Jones to appear on the ballot as a candidate for US Congress for the 13th Congressional District despite the fact ...
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December 7, 2020
Davis v. Benson
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiff sued the Secretary of State for the State of Michigan for violating his constitutional and statutory rights by mailing of an unsolicited absentee voter application. Defendant mass mailed unsolicited absentee voter applications to plaintiff and other registered voters in the State of ...
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December 7, 2020
Beard v. Whitmer
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 16, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
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 ...
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December 7, 2020
Grossman v. Galvin
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: November 6, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
For its September 1st primary election, Massachusetts has allowed applications to be received until August 26, but the state has not adjusted its receipt deadline from September 1st. Plaintiffs sue under the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions to require the state to count all ballots postmarked ...
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December 7, 2020
Brady v. State Ballot Law Comm'n (same as Campbell v. Galvin)
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Petitioner Helen Brady’s appealed the State Ballot Law Commission's (SBLC) order that Brady had failed to appropriately collect a sufficient amount of electronic signatures from registered voters in the 9th District in order to appear on the September 1, 2020 state electoral ballot. Because of a ...
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December 7, 2020
Bertin v. Galvin
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Massachusetts residents and voting rights groups entered petition for writ of mandamus against Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to force his office to comply with a new law requiring the secretary to send mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters in the state by July 15 2020, ...
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December 7, 2020
National Urban League v. DeJoy
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 13, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
USPS enacted operational changes in July 2020 that reduced postal service worker hours, forbade overtime, and directed mail-carriers to leave mail behind under certain circumstances. Plaintiffs claim that USPS (1) intentionally delayed the mail and threatens to unconstitutionally burden voters' ...
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December 7, 2020
Md. Green Party v. Hogan
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs the Green Party and Libertarian Party of Maryland sued the Governor and State Administrator of Elections, alleging the governmental restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19 have hindered their effects to gather signatures. Under MD election law, the Green Party and the Libertarian ...
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December 7, 2020
Ivey v. Lamone
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 1, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Candidate challenged State of MD's 1% threshold requirement for inclusion on General Election ballot. Plaintiff candidate claimed 1st and 14th amendment right violations as a result of the enforcement of the signature requirement. Candidate requested relief from the 1% threshold requirement as ...
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December 7, 2020
Dhillon v. Wobensmith
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 7, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiff is a prospective, unaffiliated mayoral candidate for Baltimore City in the Nov. 2020 election and seeks to challenge the Maryland election law's signature-gathing requirements for unaffiliated candidates in light of the difficulty created by the COVID-19 crisis to obtain such signatures ...
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December 6, 2020
Merrill v. Dunlap
Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Date: September 5, 2020
By: Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project (Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plaintiffs, who are blind or legally blind, claimed ADA, 29 U.S.C. 794 et seq., and Maine Human Rights Act violations relating to Maine's refusal to provide accessible electronic voting/vote-by-mail means. Plaintiffs demanded that Maine implement a remote, accessible vote by mail system.*
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December 4, 2020
Eisen v. Cuomo
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
The Governor of NY issued an Executive Order to suspend the collection of signatures for petitions of candidates seeking nominations of a major political party; however, the Executive Order did not reduce the number of signatures for independent candidates or extend the deadline to file those ...
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December 4, 2020
New Mexico ex rel. Riddle v. Oliver
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Petitioners are County Clerks and therefore responsible for administering elections and the election process in each county of New Mexico. Petitioners are (1) required to appoint and confirm the willingness of all Election Boards to work on the primary and general elections by April 21, 2020, (2) ...
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December 3, 2020
Gusciora v. McGreevey
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 1, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Plaintiffs submitted a letter brief to enforce a final order issued over ten years ago, which banned online voting permanently in New Jersey because online votes can be hacked. The State confirmed through the media and a phone call that the May 12th election will have an online voting system for ...
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December 2, 2020
Donald J. Trump for President v. Murphy
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Nov. 6, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
New Jersey Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 177 mandating that November 3 elections will be all-mail, that all active voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots, that ballots postmarked on or before elections day will be counted even if received after election day, and that all in- ...
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December 2, 2020
Libertarian Party of NH v. Sununu
Healthy Elections Project
Date: Sep. 21, 2020
By: Healthy Elections Project
Under New Hampshire law, a candidate unaffiliated with a party must secure nomination papers from registered voters to be placed on the ballot. They need 3,000 for the positions of President, Vice President, U.S. Senator and Governor, and 1,500 for the position of U.S. Representative. Due to the ...
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