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Nicholas Jones for Congress v. Idaho Secretary of State (B. Lynn Winmill, D. Idaho 1:20-cv-242)
During the 2020 COVID-19 global infectious pandemic, a federal district judge extended the absentee ballot application deadline by one week because the secretary of state’s application website was overwhelmed.
Subject: Absentee and early voting. Topics: Absentee ballots; COVID-19; attorney fees; primary election.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Fair Maps Nevada v. Cegavske (Miranda M. Du , 3:20-cv-271) and Fight for Nevada v. Cegavske (Richard F. Boulware II, 2:20-cv-837) (D. Nev.)
An organization collecting signatures to put a constitutional amendment on Nevada’s ballot received a court-ordered extension of the due date during a global infectious pandemic, which triggered state-ordered social distancing, on a finding of diligence in collecting signatures before social distancing went into effect. An organization seeking the recall of Nevada’s governor did not receive a deadline extension on a finding that it collected few signatures before social-distancing requirements.
Subject: Ballot measures. Topics: Ballot measure; COVID-19; getting on the ballot.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Murray v. Cuomo (Mary Kay Vyskocil, 1:20-cv-3571) and Eisen v. Cuomo (Philip M. Halpern, 7:20-cv-5121) (S.D.N.Y.)
A plaintiff, whose ballot petition signatures for a primary election were ruled invalid because the signatures had not been collected or witnessed by a member of the party, was denied relief from a signature requirement that was both shortened in time and in number because of an infectious pandemic. Later, a different judge denied another prospective congressional candidate relief from ballot-petition signature requirements.
Subject: Getting on the ballot. Topics: Getting on the ballot; COVID-19; matters for state courts; primary election; party procedures.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Paher v. Cegavske (Miranda M. Du, D. Nev. 3:20-cv-243)
A district judge denied an injunction to voters who complained that extensive voting by mail during a global infectious pandemic would dilute legitimate votes, finding the allegation too speculative to afford standing or merit relief.
Subject: Absentee and early voting. Topics: COVID-19; absentee ballots; intervention; primary election.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Robinson v. Board of Elections (Dabney L. Friedrich, D.D.C. 1:20-cv-1364)
Because of poor mail service in the ward and health risks resulting from the COVID-19 global infectious pandemic, two plaintiffs sought an order requiring the establishment of an additional polling location in their ward. The district judge denied immediate relief.
Subject: Voting procedures. Topics: Poll locations; COVID-19.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Mays v. Thurston (James M. Moody, Jr., E.D. Ark. 4:20-cv-341)
The district judge denied a request for an order during a global infectious pandemic extending the deadline for absentee ballots from received by election day to mailed by election day, finding that any difficulty that the plaintiffs would have in submitting their absentee ballots on time would arise from the pandemic and not from state action.
Subject: Absentee and early voting. Topics: COVID-19; absentee ballots

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

Jurisdiction for resolving injury claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims' Office of Special Masters. This video looks at the office's unique responsibility and its history, structure, and operation. At the court's headquarters in Washington, D.C., we hear from the chief judge and the chief special master.

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The Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition assists judges in managing cases involving complex scientific and technical evidence by describing the basic tenets of key scientific fields from which legal evidence is typically derived and by providing examples of cases in which that evidence has been used.

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Offers an overview of epidemiology research methods and standards for assessing the association between exposure and harm.

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