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United States v. North Carolina

Case Information

Date Filed: September 30, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Early Voting, Voting Rights Act, Voter ID
Current Court: Middle District of North Carolina (Case 13-CV-00861)

Issue:

Issue 1: Does House Bill 589 deny or abridge the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act 42 U.S.C. §1793?

Issue 2: Was House Bill 589 enacted and enforced with the purpose of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act 42 U.S.C. §1793, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Fifteenth Amendment?

Status:

Complaint filed 9/30/13. U.S.'s motion to consolidate cases filed 11/27/13. Defendant's answer filed 12/2/13. Judicial Watch, Inc.'s motion to intervene filed 12/10/13. Case consolidated for discovery purposes with League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard and North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory 12/13/13. Motion to Quash Subpoenas to State Legislators filed 1/20/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Production of Documents filed 1/24/14. Defendants' Motion for a Protective Order filed 2/17/14. Order that Motion to Quash and Motion to Compel granted in part, denied in part filed on 3/27/14. Legislative Movants' Objection to March 27th Order filed 4/2/14. Motion to Stay March 27th Order filed 4/2/14. Order granting motion to stay filed 4/2/14. United States' and Plaintiffs' Opposition to Objection as to Order on Legislative Privilege filed 4/14/14. Order denying motion to consolidate cases filed on 4/22/14. Order that Legislators' Pending Objection are overruled in part, sustained in part filed on 5/15/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 5/19/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel filed 6/25/14. Order granting Motion to Expedite and Motion to Compel filed 6/26/14. Plaintiffs' Various Motions to Strike filed 6/30/14. Order denying Motion for Summary Judgment and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 8/8/14. Notice of Appeal filed 8/18/14.

For appellate case, see North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

See related cases: League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard and North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

 

 

District Court Documents

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Ohio Early Voting Case: A Potential Precedent-Setter

Edward B. Foley

Today’s federal district court ruling in the Ohio early voting lawsuit will set a major precedent of nationwide significance if its novel legal theory is sustained on appeal.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Seventh Circuit Order Permits Wisconsin's Voter ID Law to Take Effect

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted a stay in two cases, allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to become effective for the upcoming November elections. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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