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This is a list of pending election law litigation cases that Election Law @ Moritz is currently monitoring.

Common Cause v. Kemp

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 19, 2020 (12:06 PM))

Date Filed: 11/5/18
State: Georgia
Topic(s): State Voter Registration Databases
Current Court: U.S District Court Northern District of Georgia

Case Issue:

Whether Georgia's maintenance of an allegedly unsecure voter registration database violates the 14th Amendment, the Help America Vote Act, the Georgia Constitution, and Georgia statutory law

Latest Status:

Complaint filed 11/5/18. Notice of and Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Exoeduted Discovery filed 11/7/18. Court grants temporary restraining order in part filed 11/12/18. Order granting motion of investigative report and amended joint preliminary report and discovery filed 12/7/18. Clerk's Entry of Dismissal APPROVING 116 Stipulation of Dismissal pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.41(a)(1)(A)(ii). Civil Case Terminated with prejudice filed 6/18/19. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney Fees with Brief in Support 7/22/19. Defendant Response to Plaintiffs' Motion Of Attorney's Fees 8/12/19. 

Democratic Executive Committee of Florida v. Ertel

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 20, 2020 (2:17 PM))

Date Filed: 11/8/18
State: Florida
Topic(s): Provisional Ballots, Absentee Ballots
Current Court: U.S District Court of Northern District of Florida

Case Issue:

Whether Florida's Secretary of State violated the Equal Protection rights of voters by rejecting vote-by-mail and provisional ballots on the basis of an allegedly "standardless signature matching process"

Latest Status:

Complaint filed 11/8/18. Emergency Motion for TRO filed 11/8/18. Preliminary Injunction granted 11/15/18. Appeal from the U.S District Court Docketed 11/15/18. Motion to hold case in abeyance filed 1/2/19. Motion to hold case in abeyance is denied filed 1/11/19. Defendant changed from Detzner to Ertel. Order denying motiont to dismiss as moot filed 2/15/19.Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendants are dismissed without prejudice filed 7/29/19. Order Granting Appellees' motion for out-of-time response to jurisdictional question, Denying Appellants' request to file replies to Appellees' response 6/17/19. 

 

Democratic National Committee et al v. Bostelmann, Marge et al

EL@M Case Page (last modified April 1, 2020 (12:12 AM))

Date Filed: 3/18/20
State: Wisconsin
Topic(s): Absentee Ballots, Improper Election Administration, Voter ID
Current Court: Western District of Wisconsin

Case Issue:

 Emergency injunction extending the March 18th, 2020 deadline for electronic and by mail voter egistration to April 3, suspending the requirements that copies of documents (ID laws) to be included with voter registration and absentee ballot applications, enjoining the Election Day Receipt Deadline, while allowin all ballots postmarked on or before election day but recieved wihtin a minimum of 10 days be counted. 

Latest Status:

 Complaint filed 3/18/20. Emergency Motion For Temporary Restraingin ORder and Prelimiinary Injunction 3/18/20. Motion to Intervene by Wisconsin State Legislature 3/20/20. Proposed Motion ot Dismiss 3/20/20. 

Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 26, 2020 (12:13 PM))

Date Filed: 11/27/18
State: Georgia
Topic(s): Voter Supression
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Case Issue:

Whether the Secretary of State's office and the state election board systematically blocked minority voters from the polls in the Nov. 6th election. 

Latest Status:

Complaint filed 11/27/18. Motion to Dismiss filed 1/28/19. Submission of Motiont to Dismiss District Judge Steve c. Jones filed 2/26/2019. The Court will hold a hearing on Defendants' Renewed Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint on April 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Motion to DIsmiss is Deemed Moot 4/8/19.  Renewed Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint is Granted 5/30/19. Answer to Amended Comlaint 6/13/19. Motion to Open Discovery 6/13/19. Order Granting in part and Denying in part Motion to Open Discovery 6/28/19. Amended Scheduling Order: Close of Fact Discovery 11/15/19; Close of Expert Discovery 12/16/19, 7/11/19. Stipulated Protective Order 7/15/19. 

 

Frank v. Walker

EL@M Case Page (last modified October 7, 2019 (11:55 AM))

Date Filed: 12/13/11
State: Wisconsin
Topic(s): Voter ID
Current Court: United States District Courts

Case Issue:

Whether Wisconsin voter ID legislation is unconstitutional as applied to certain classes of eligible Wisconsin voters; more specifically, whether the legislation unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote under the Equal Protection Clause, violates the Twenty-Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments as an unconstitutional poll tax, and violates the Equal Proection Clause in arbitrarily refusing to accept certain identification documents.

Latest Status:

District Court Opinion and Order issued 10/19/2015. Appellants' Briefs on appeal in 7th Circuit filed 12/28/15. Appellee's brief in 7th Circuit filed 1/26/16. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion reversing District Court filed 4/12/16. District Court decision and order on remand in favor of plaintiffs filed 7/19/16. District Court Order Denying Stay Pending Appeal filed 7/29/16. 7th Circuit Order Granting Stay Pending Resolution of Appeal filed 8/10/16. Emergency Petition for Rehearing filed 8/11/16. 7th Circuit Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration filed 8/15/16. 7th Circuit Order Denying Initial En Banc Hearing filed 8/26/16. Appellants' Brief and Appendix filed 8/31/16. Appellees' Brief and Short Appendix filed 9/30/16. Oral Argument rescheduled for 2/24/17.Order Grnting In Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney fees and Expenses filed 4/2/18. Civil Case Terminated filed 4/11/2018.

Georgia Coalition for The Peoples' Agenda v. Secretary of State of Georgia

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 20, 2020 (3:11 PM))

Date Filed: 10/11/18
State: Georgia
Topic(s): Voter Registration
Current Court: United States District Court for The Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division

Case Issue:

Whether Georgia's exact-match voter registration protocol violates the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments

Latest Status:

Complaint Filed 10/11/18. Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction Granted filed 11/2/18. Comes Now Defendant, Brad Raffensperger, in his official capacity as Secretary of State for the State of Georgia and moves to have the docket in this matter corrected to reflect the correct Defendant name filed 2/27/19. Submission of Motion to Subsitute Brian Kemp to District Judge Eleanor Ross filed 3/18/19. Brad Raffensperger is substituted as Defendant for Brian Kemp filed 3/26/19. Order Granting Consent Motion to Modify Scheduling Order, Discovery will close on 1/29/20, 9/4/19.  

League of Women Voters Of Ohio v. LaRose

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 31, 2020 (11:32 PM))

Date Filed: 3/20/20
State: Ohio
Topic(s): Improper Election Administration
Current Court: U.S. District Court For The Southern District Of Ohio

Case Issue:

 Challeneg by Plaintiffs regarding the administration of the delayed primary based on the enactment of House Bill 197 (“H.B. 197”), including the refusal to extend the voter registration deadline, which passed on February 18, to at most thirty days prior to April 28; the imposition of a multi-step, multi-mailing process for absentee voting; and the elimination of in-person voting for all but a narrow set of voters.

Latest Status:

 Complaint filed 3/30/20. Amended Complaint filed 3/31/20. 

League of Women Voters v. Newby

EL@M Case Page (last modified November 13, 2019 (9:08 PM))

Date Filed: 2/12/16
State: Kansas
Topic(s): Voter Registration
Current Court: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Case Issue:

Whether the EAC unlawfully permitted certain states to modify the national uniform mail-in voter registration form by requiring documentary proof of citizenship.

Latest Status:

Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 02/12/16. Answer filed 4/22/16. Opinion denying motion for preliminary injunction filed 6/29/16. Notice of Appeal filed 7/1/16. Appellants' Brief and Joint Appendix filed 7/18/16. Motion for summary judgment filed in District Court 7/22/16. Federal Appellees' Brief filed 7/27/16. Kobach's Appellee Brief filed 8/3/16. Per Curiam Judgment and Order Reversing District Court filed 9/9/16. District Court opinion and order remanding case to EAC filed 2/24/17. Memorandum in Opposition to Motion to Intervene filed 4/417. Eagle Forum has moved to intervene in this case for the limited purpose of unsealing documents that are currently sealed on the Court’s docket. Contrary to Eagle Forum’s assertion in its Notice, the decision in MetLife does not “resolve [any] issue in favor of unsealing the record” in this case filed 9/18/17. Notice of Appeal to DC Circuit Court Case Number 19-7027 filed 4/11/19. Appellants Opening Brief 8/5/19. Appellee's Opening Breif 10/4/19. Appellant's Reply Brif 8/25/19. 

Martin v. Secretary of State of Georgia

EL@M Case Page (last modified October 7, 2019 (11:14 AM))

Date Filed: 10/15/18
State: Georgia
Topic(s): Absentee Ballots
Current Court: U.S District Court Northern District of Georgia

Case Issue:

Whether Georgia gave vote-by-mail voters a reasonable opportunity to cure rejected applications for mail ballots consistent with the Due Process Clause; whether Georgia treated vote-by-mail voters differently than in-person voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause

Latest Status:

Complaint filed 10/15/18. Temporary Restraining Order granted filed 10/15/18. Motion to Intervene filed 11/11/18. Order granting Motion to Intervene filed 11/1/18. Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed 11/12/18. Motion to Intervene Granted 11/13/18. Motion for Reconsideration filed 11/15/18, denied 11/15/18. Name changed to Martin v. Secretary of State of Georgia filed 12/10/18. Case in the court of appeals closed 1/4/19. Comes Now Defendant, Brad Raffensperger, in his official capacity as Secretary of State for the State of Georgia and moves to have the docket in this matter corrected to reflect the correct Defendant name filed 2/27/29. Civil case terminated filed 4/17/19. Motion for attorney fees granted in part and Plaintiff awarded $51,013.28 (7/23/19).

 

Mecinas et al v. Hobbs

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 22, 2020 (3:47 PM))

Date Filed: 11/1/19
State: Arizona
Topic(s): Ballot Design
Current Court: U.S. District Court District Of Arizona

Case Issue:

Whether Arizona's ballot design, which features the candidate's name vertically with the order determined based on political party, is valid under law? 

Latest Status:

Complaint Filed 11/1/19. Amended Complaint Filed 11/15/19. Motion to Dismiss Case 1/2/20. Response in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Case 1/16/20. 

Ohio Democratic Party v. Frank LaRose

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 31, 2020 (11:00 PM))

Date Filed: 3/17/20
State: Ohio
Topic(s): Improper Election Administration
Current Court:

Case Issue:

 Whether the Secretary of State has the legal authority to suspend, move, or set the date of Ohio's 2020 presiedential primary election? 

Latest Status:

 Complaint filed 3/17/20. Motion to expediate filed 3/18/20. Summons & Complaint issued to Respondent(s) 3/18/20. Respondent Answer 3/19/20. 

Priorities USA v. Benson

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 27, 2020 (12:43 AM))

Date Filed: 10/30/19
State: Michigan
Topic(s): Absentee Ballots
Current Court:

Case Issue:

Case Concerns a Constitutional challenge to Michigan's signature match laws, which require election officials to reject absentee applications and ballots if they determine that the signature provided with the applications or ballot does not match the voter's signature on file with election authorities.

Latest Status:

  Complaint Filed 10/30/19. Amended Complain 12/30/19. Motion To Dismiss Amended Complaint 1/13/20. Response to Motion to Dismiss 2/3/20. Order Denying Motion To Dismiss Amended Complaint 3/24/20. 

Reardon v. Larose

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 24, 2020 (5:25 PM))

Date Filed: 3/16/20
State: Ohio
Topic(s): Improper Election Administration
Current Court: Franklin Common Pleas

Case Issue:

 Whether the secretary of state acted properly in taking emergency actions to postpone the Ohio Primary in the face of COVid-19? 

Latest Status:

 Complaint Filed 3/16/20. Case terminated 3/17/20. Answer and cross-claim filed 3/17/20. Case reopened 3/18/20. Appeal Dismissed 3/31/20. 

Rucho v. Common Cause

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 20, 2020 (1:47 PM))

Date Filed: 8/5/16
State: North Carolina
Topic(s): Redistricting
Current Court: U.S. Supreme Court

Case Issue:

Whether North Carolina's 2016 Congressional Redistricting Plan violates:

(1) the First Amendment;

(2) the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

(3) the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

(4) Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution because representatives would allegedly not be chosen by "the people of the several states" but in effect by the majority party of the state legislature; and

(5) Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution regarding state legislatures' authority to prescribe the times, places, and manner of holding elections.

Latest Status:

Complaint filed 8/5/16. Time to file answer extended to 10/31/16. Answer filed 3/3/17. Opinion and Order denying motion to dismiss filed 3/3/17. Parties' Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law filed 6/5/17. Defendants' Motion for Stay filed 6/26/17. Responses to Motion for Stay filed 7/17/17. Order Denying Stay filed 8/29/17 with Memorandum Opinion filed 9/8/17. Notice of Bench Trial starting Oct. 16, 2017 filed 9/11/17. Parties' Post-Trial Briefs and Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law filed 11/6/17. Opinion finding unconstitutional gerrymander filed 1/9/18. Emergency Motion to Stay Pending Supreme Court Review filed 1/11/18. Order granting stay filed 1/18/18. Motions to affirm by Common Cause and League of Women Voters filed 4/27/18. Reply filed 5/15/18. Order vacating judgment and remanding to District Court in light of Gill v. Whitford filed 6/25/18. Supreme Court Judgement filed 7/30/18. Memorandum Opinion of District Court: under the test set forth in Gill, at least one Plaintiff registered to vote in each of the thirteen districts in the 2016 Plan has standing to assert an Equal Protection challenge to each of those districts; court found unconstitutional gerrymandering in the opinion filed 8/28/18. Notice of Appeal to Supreme Court filed 8/31/18. Emergency Motion to Stay filed 8/31/18. Appeal to Supreme Court case 18-422 filed 10/10/18. Further consideration of the question of jurisdiction is POSTPONED to the hearing of the case on the merits. The case will be set for argument in the March argument session filed 1/4/19. Consolidated with Lamone v. Benisek, opinion filed 6/27/19 vacating and remanding district court's decision, and determining that claims of partisan gerrymandering are political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. Supreme Court Judgment 8/1/19. District Court Dismissal 9/5/19. Joint Motion for Dismissal of Costs 10/18/19. Brief in Support of Motion For Dismissal 10/18/19. Brief in Opposition of Motion for Dismissal of Costs 10/25/19.

Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 28, 2020 (3:35 PM))

Date Filed: 12/22/14
State: Virginia
Topic(s): Redistricting
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Case Issue:

Whether Virginia's 2012 congressional redistricting plan constitutes unconstitutional racial gerrymandering

Latest Status:

District Court Opinion issued 10/22/15. Appellants' brief filed 9/7/16. Appellees' brief filed 10/17/16. Appellants' Reply filed 11/16/16. Supreme Court opinion issued 3/1/17. Motion for Attorney Fees filed 7/10/18. Because the Supreme Court has shown an interest in clarifying the test and because this Court’s determinations cut against the Supreme Court’s concern that an analysis be “holistic,” id. at 799, there is a likelihood that Intervenors’ appeal will be heard on the merits and will succeed; Motion to Stay filed 7/25/18. Order and Proceed with Remedial Phases Granted filed 9/14/18. Redistricting plans put forward filed 11/2/18. Report of Special Master filed 12/7/18. Supreme Court appendix filed 12/28/18. Addendum to Special Report filed 12/28/18 and 1/8/19. Motion to Amend Report is denied filed 1/8/19. The special master and the plaintiffs have advised the Court that the Second Report of the Special Master contains errors regarding the compactness scores of certain districts in Peninsula Module 2. Accordingly, the special master is hereby ORDERED to submit a corrected final report filed 2/4/19. The plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees and expenses is premature given the case in appeal to the Supreme Court and thus the motion is denied 3/26/19. ORDER. Pursuant to the Court's order entered on October 18, 2018], the Commonwealth of Virginia is directed to render payment in the amount of $126,363.71. Filed 4/5/19. SCOTUS opinion dismissing appeal filed 6/17/19. District Court Plaintiffs' Second Motion For Attorneys' Fees 8/2/19. Opposition To Plaintiffs' Second Motion For Attorneys' Fees 8/30/19. Reply in Support of Second Motion For Attorneys' Fees 9/6/19. Defendant-Intervenor Motion to Strike or for Leave to File Responsive Brief 9/6/19. Plaintiffs' Response to Defendant_Intervenors' Motion to Strike or Leave 9/9/19. 

Voto Latino Incorporated et al v. Hobbs

EL@M Case Page (last modified March 22, 2020 (3:54 PM))

Date Filed: 11/26/19
State: Arizona
Topic(s): Absentee Ballots
Current Court: U.S. District Court District Of Arizona

Case Issue:

 Whether Arizona's deadline for voters to submit their early ballots by mail  is constitutional? 

Latest Status:

 Complaint filed 11/26/19. 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering as Viewpoint Discrimination: A "Functional Equivalence" Test

Edward B. Foley

A First Amendment test for identifying when a map is functionally equivalent to a facially discriminatory statute.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

This is why US election ballots routinely go missing

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in USA Today about the prevalence of missing election ballots.

 

"Most of the time, it just goes unreported because it doesn't affect the result," Tokaji said. 


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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court Finds Partisan Gerrymandering Claims to be Non-Justiciable Political Questions

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on Thursday determining that claims of partisan gerrymandering are political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. The opinion resolved disputes originating in North Carolina and Maryland, in the cases of Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek.

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