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Daunt v. Benson

Last Updated May 27, 2021
Case Nos. 1:19-cv-00614, 1:19-cv-00669 (W.D. Mich.), Nos. 19-2377, 19-2420, 20-1734 (6th Cir.)
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A federal court challenge to the composition of Michigan’s new independent commission, based on alleged violations of the First Amendment in the conflict of interest provisions excluding individuals from the commission because of specific past political activity.

On Nov. 25, 2019, the trial court declined to grant a preliminary injunction; on Apr. 15, 2020, the 6th Circuit affirmed.  On July 6, 2020, the trial court dismissed all claims. On May 27, 2021, the 6th Circuit once again affirmed.


Case filings, starting with most recent court
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Daunt et al. brief Nov 12, 2020
Document icon SOS response Jan 11, 2021
Document icon Initiative proponents' response Dec 14, 2020
Document icon Plaintiffs' reply Feb 1, 2021
Highlighted document Document icon Opinion affirming trial court May 27, 2021

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(consolidated) Federal court challenge to exclusions from independent commission based on political activity
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