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Swenson v. Bostelmann

Case Information

Date Filed: May 18, 2020
State: Wisconsin
Issue: Improper Election Administration
Current Court: U.S. District Court District for the Western District of Wisconsin (Case 3:20-cv-00459)

Issue:

Plaintiffs are suing to obtain an order requiring Defendants to administer impending elections in a manner that will not, as Plaintiffs contend the state did in April, violate eligible voters’ federally protected rights to participate in those elections.

Status:

Complaint filed 5/18/20. Answer by Defendants filed 6/8/20. Proposed Motion to Dismiss 6/8/20. Amended Complaint filed 6/23/20.

U.S. District of Western District of Wisconsin Court Documents

  • Complaint And Prayer For Declaratory And Injunctive Relief pdf file (5/18/20)
  • JS-44 Civil Cover Sheet pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Bostelmann pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Glancey pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Jacobs pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Knudson pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Spindell pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Thomsen pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Summons Wolfe pdf file (5/18/20)
  • Motion to Intervene By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion To Intervene By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Proposed Answer By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Answer By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Unopposed Motion To Intervene By Intervenor Defendant The Wisconsin Legislature pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion To Intervene By Intervenor Defendant The Wisconsin Legislature pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Proposed Motion To Dismiss By Intervenor Defendant The Wisconsin Legislature pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Proposed Brief In Support Of Motion To Dismiss By Intervenor Defendant The Wisconsin Legislature pdf file (6/8/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion To Intervene Filed By Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (6/15/20)
  • Declaration Of Rachel E. Goodman In Support Of Plaintiffs' Opposition pdf file (6/15/20)
  • Exhibit Ex. A To Declaration Of Rachel E. Goodman pdf file (6/15/20)
  • Declaration Of Rachel E. Goodman Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion To Intervene pdf file (6/16/20)
  • Exhibit A -- Email from Rachel E. Goodman to Cameron Norris pdf file (6/16/20)
  • Brief In Reply By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin In Support Of Motion To Intervene pdf file (6/19/20)
  • Amended Complaint And Prayer For Declaratory And Injunctive Relief Against All Defendants, Filed By All Plaintiffs pdf file (6/23/20)
  • Order Granting And Motions To Intervene pdf file (6/23/20)
  • Motion For Preliminary Injunction By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (6/24/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion For Preliminary Injunction by Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (6/24/20)
  • Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/24/20)
  • Expert Report Of Dr. Patrick Remington By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix A: Sources Considered pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix B: Curriculum Vitae - Patrick L. Remington, MD, MPH pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Expert Report Of Kevin J. Kennedy By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix A: Kevin J. Kennedy CV pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix B: Overview Of Voting In Wisconsin pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix C: Sources Considered pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Expert Report Of Anthony Fowler, Ph.D. By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix A - Curriculum Vitae pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Appendix B - Sources Considered pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Declaration Of Jill Swenson Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Declaration Of Melody McCurtis Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion for Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Declaration Of Maria Nelson Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Declaration Of Angela Lang Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Declaration Of Kristin Kerschensteiner Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction pdf file (6/25/20)
  • Notice By Intervenor Defendant The Wisconsin Legislature Regarding Response To Amended Complaint pdf file (6/26/20)
  • Brief In Reply By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe In Support Of Motion To Dismiss pdf file (7/2/20)
  • Brief In Reply By Defendants Scott Fitzgerald, Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly, Wisconsin State Senate In Support Of Motion To Dismiss pdf file (7/2/20)
  • Motion For Attorney Fees By Plaintiffs American Federation Of Teachers Local, 212, AFL-CIO, Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin, Greg Lewis, SEIU Wisconsin State Council, Souls To The Polls, Voces De La Frontera pdf file (7/2/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion For Attorney Fees, By Plaintiffs American Federation Of Teachers Local, 212, AFL-CIO, Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin, Greg Lewis, SEIU Wisconsin State Council, Souls To The Polls, Voces De La Frontera pdf file (7/2/20)
  • Motion For Preliminary Injunction By Plaintiffs Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (7/8/20)
  • Motion For Preliminary Injunction By Plaintiffs Bonibet Bahr Olsan, Diane Fergot, Gary Fergot, Sylvia Gear, Gregg Jozwik, Sheila Jozwik, Katherine Kohlbeck, League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin, Claire Whelan, Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans pdf file (7/8/20)
  • Motion For Preliminary Injunction By Plaintiffs Jean Ackerman, Catherine Cooper, Charles Dennert, Chrystal Edwards, Terron Edwards, Jan Graveline, Todd Graveline, Kileigh Hannah, John Jacobson, William Laske, Katie Rowe, Kristopher Rowe, Angela West, Douglas West pdf file (7/8/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion For Preliminary Injunction, (Renewed) By Plaintiffs Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Of Wisconsin pdf file (7/8/20)
  • Brief In Support Of Motion For Preliminary Injunction, By Plaintiffs Bonibet Bahr Olsan, Diane Fergot, Gary Fergot, Sylvia Gear, Gregg Jozwik, Sheila Jozwik, Katherine Kohlbeck, League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin, Claire Whelan, Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans pdf file (7/8/20)
  • Emergency Motion For Hearing On Discovery Issues By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe pdf file (7/10/20)
  • Exhibit Democratic National Committee And Democratic Party Of WI Requests To WEC Defendants pdf file (7/10/20)
  • Exhibit Swenson Plaintiffs' Requests To WEC Defendants pdf file (7/10/20)
  • Exhibit Edwards Plaintiffs' Discovery Requests To WEC Defendants pdf file (7/10/20)
  • Exhibit Gear Plaintiffs' Requests To WEC Defendants pdf file (7/10/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Plaintiffs Bonibet Bahr Olsan, Diane Fergot, Gary Fergot, Sylvia Gear, Gregg Jozwik, Sheila Jozwik, Katherine Kohlbeck, League Of Women Voters Of Wisconsin, Claire Whelan, Wisconsin Alliance For Retired Americans re: Motion For Hearing pdf file (7/12/20)
  • Ex. A - Gear Plaintiffs' Revised First Set Of Requests For Production To The WEC Defendants pdf file (7/12/20)
  • Brief In Reply By Plaintiffs Jean Ackerman, Catherine Cooper, Charles Dennert, Chrystal Edwards, Terron Edwards, Jan Graveline, Todd Graveline, Kileigh Hannah, John Jacobson, William Laske, Katie Rowe, Kristopher Rowe, Angela West, Douglas West In Support Of Motion For Hearing pdf file (7/12/20)
  • Stipulation For Swenson Discovery Dispute By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (7/13/20)
  • Order Granting Stipulation For Swenson Discovery Dispute By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson pdf file (7/13/20)
  • Notice By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe Answer To Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint pdf file (7/14/20)
  • Notice Of Supplemental Authority By Plaintiffs Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party Of Wisconsinpdf file (7/16/20)
  • Exhibit A - USPS Timeliness Of Ballot Mail Reportpdf file (7/16/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe re: Motion For Preliminary Injunctionpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Second Deposition Of Meagan Wolfe Taken On 07/16/2020pdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe re: Motion For Preliminary Injunctionpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Deposition Of Dr. Megan Murray Taken On 07/16/2020pdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen re: Motion For Preliminary Injunctionpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Notice By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe Defendants' Answer To Gear, et al. v. Bostelmann, et al. Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint For Declaratory And Injunctive Reliefpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe re: Motion For Preliminary Injunctionpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction In Multiple Casespdf file (7/20/20)
  • Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Wisconsin Elections Commission, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Ann S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr, Mark L. Thomsen, Marge Bostelmann, Julie M. Glancey, Anne S. Jacobs, Dean Knudson, Robert F. Spindell, Jr., Mark L. Thomsen, Meagan Wolfe re: Motions for Preliminary Injunctionpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Notice By Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature Intervenor Defendant's Motion To Dismiss Gear v. Knudson, Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaintpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Notice By Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature Intervenor Defendant's Motion To Dismiss Swenson v. Bostelmann, Case No. 20-cv-459, Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaintpdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin, Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction, Joint Response To DNC Plaintiffspdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin, Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction Joint Response To Swenson Plaintiffs Associated Casespdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin, Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction, Joint Response To Gear Plaintiffs Associated Casespdf file (7/20/20)
  • Response To Proposed Findings Of Fact Filed By Defendants Scott Fitzgerald, Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly, Wisconsin State Senate, Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction, Joint Response To Edwards Plaintiffs Associated Casespdf file (7/20/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Defendants Scott Fitzgerald, Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly, Wisconsin State Senate, Intervenor Wisconsin Legislature re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction, Filed By Plaintiffspdf file (7/20/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin re: Motion For Preliminary Injunction, Filed By Plaintiffspdf file (7/20/20)
  • Stipulation Of Dismissal As To Plaintiffs Catherine Cooper And Charles Dennert Associated Casespdf file (7/24/20)
  • Emergency Motion To Compel Production Of Documents And A Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition Against Intervening Defendants Republican National Committee And Republican Party Of Wisconsin By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swensonpdf file (7/26/20)
  • Declaration Of Jonathan Manes Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re Motion to Compelpdf file (7/26/20)
  • Brief In Opposition By Intervenor Defendants Republican National Committee, Republican Party Of Wisconsin re Motion to Compelpdf file (7/27/20)
  • Supplemental Declaration Of Jonathan Manes Filed By Plaintiffs Black Leaders Organizing For Communities, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Melody McCurtis, Maria Nelson, Jill Swenson re Motion To Compelpdf file (7/27/20)
  • Exhibit 1 - Documents Disclosed By Defendant WEC Concerning RPWpdf file (7/27/20)
  • Exhibit 2 - Documents Disclosed By Defendant WEC Concerning RPWpdf file (7/27/20)
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