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Veasey v. Abbott

Case Information

Date Filed: June 26, 2013
State: Texas
Issues: Voter ID, Voter Registration, Voter Supression
Current Court: US Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit (Case 14-41127)

Issue:

Issue 1:

Does SB 14 violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973, by denying the right to vote on account of race and language minority?

Issue 2:

Does SB 14 violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by purposely denying minority voters equal protection for registration and voting?

Issue 3:

Does SB 14 violate the Fifteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by purposely denying minority voters the right to vote?

Issue 4:

Does SB 14 severely burden or facially discriminate against a class of voters without a legitimate governmental interest and violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Issue 5:

Does SB 14 restrict freedom of speech and association in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Issue 6:

Does SB 14 create a poll tax in violation of the Fourteenth and Twenty-First Amendments of the U.S. Constitution?

Status:

Complaint filed 6/26/13. Amended Complaint filed 8/22/13. Motion to dismiss filed 10/25/13. U.S. memorandum in opposition to motion to dismiss filed 11/22/13. Order to Consolidate Cases filed 1/10/14. Amended Intervenor Complaint filed 2/3/14. Plaintiff Intervenors' First Amended Complaint filed 2/4/14. United States' Motion to Compel Production of Legislative Documents filed on 2/11/14. Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-Intervenors' Amended Complaint filed 2/18/14. Defendants' Response to Motion to Compel filed 2/24/14. Order on Motion to Compel filed 4/3/14. Defendants' Motion to Compel the Production of Documents filed 4/7/14. Third Party Legislators' Motion to Quash Subpoenas filed 4/25/14. US' Request for Judicial Notice filed 4/25/14. United States' Motion for Protective Order filed 5/12/14. Order regarding Discovery filed 6/6/14. Defendants' Motion to Compel filed 6/10/14. Defendant's Motion for a Protective Order filed 6/17/14. Order denying Motion to Quash filed 6/18/14. United States' Motion for a Protective Order filed 6/26/14. Order Granting Motion for Judicial Notice filed 7/10/14. Defendants' Answer to Veasey-LULAC's Amended Complaint filed 7/16/14. Defendants' Answer to United States' Complaint filed 7/16/14. Defendants' Answer to MALC's Complaint filed 7/16/14. Defendants' Answer to Oritz's Complaint filed 7/16/14. Defendants' Answer to Texas Association of Hispanic County Judges filed 7/16/14. Veasey-LULAC Plaintiff's Motion to Compel filed 7/18/14. Plaintiff's Response to Motion to Compel filed 7/21/14. Veasey-LULAC Plaintiff's Response to Motion to Compel filed 7/22/14. Order granting in part, denying in part Motion for Protective Order filed 7/24/14. Defendant's Motion to Compel Production filed 7/25/14. Judgment filed 8/5/14. Joint Motion to Dismiss Defendants' Affirmative Defenses filed 8/11/14. Defendant's Motion to Compel filed 8/22/14. Defendant's Proposed Finding of Facts filed 8/22/14. United States' Notice of Stipulations filed 8/28/14. Plaintiff's Proposed Finding of Facts filed 9/18/14. Opinion striking down voter ID law filed 10/9/14. Notice of Appeal filed 10/11/14. Fifth Circuit's order granting emergency motion for stay pending appeal filed 10/14/14. LULAC plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Vacate Stay filed 10/15/14. Texas Chapter of NAACP et al plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Vacate Stay filed 10/15/14. DOJ's Emergency Application to Vacate Stay filed 10/15/14. Order denying Stay filed 10/18/14. Order granting Motion for Disbursement of Funds filed 1/23/15. Corrected Appellant's Brief filed 2/27/15. Appellee LULAC's Brief filed 3/3/15. MALC and NAACP's Brief filed 3/3/15. United States' Brief filed 3/3/15. Oral argument heard on 4/28/15. Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 7/10/15. Fifth Circuit Opinion filed 8/5/15. Petition for Rehearing En Banc filed 8/28/15. Application to Vacate Fifth Circuit Stay filed in U.S. Supreme Court 3/25/16. Order Denying Stay filed 4/29/16.

Supreme Court Documents

Circuit Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents


Circuit Court of Appeals Documents (regarding True the Vote's intervention)



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