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Veasey v. Perry

Case Information

Date Filed: June 26, 2013
State: Texas
Issues: Voter ID, Voter Registration, Voter Supression
Current Court: District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Case 2:13-cv-00193)


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 prupsely denying minority voters the right to vote?

Issue 4:

Does SB 14 severly burden or facially discriminate 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?


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.

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Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.


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