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On May 3, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of plaintiffs Evangelina Aguilar, Candy Gutierrez, Rogelio Montes, Susan Soto Palmer and OneAmerica in the first case challenging a method of elections in Washington under the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Paul Smith, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) vice president of litigation & strategy, testified on the Supreme Court's approach to deciding constitutional issues and the importance of fact-finding. He discusses two Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Shelby County v. Holder, to show how the Supreme Court made factual misjudgments in deciding those cases.
This manual is a resource for activists and advocates who are helping people with felony convictions vote in Arizona. For more information on felony disenfranchisement, see our online tool RestoreYourVote--updated April 22, 2021.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of itself, All Voting is Local Florida, the ACLU of Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Democracy for All Florida and Opportunity For All Floridians, sent a letter opposing the signature matching provisions in House Bill 7041 to the Florida House Appropriations Committee. These provisions would lead to higher rates of erroneous ballot rejections, and thus unjustly disenfranchise voters across Florida.
VoteAmerica, Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information filed this lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for imposing disclaimer requirements and other burdensome prohibitions on absentee ballot applications distribution, which violates their First Amendment right to distribute absentee ballot applications as core political speech. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is representing these three nonprofits in this case.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of itself, the ACLU of Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Democracy for All Florida and Opportunity For All Floridians, sent a letter opposing the most recent signature provisions of Senate Bill 90 to the Florida Senate Committee on Rules. These provisions would prohibit election authorities from consulting any signature on file from the voter other than the most recent signature, and if enacted, they would lead to higher rates of erroneous ballot rejections, and thus unjustly disenfranchise eligible voters across Florida.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued an opinion and order in Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) case challenging Minnesota’s strict witness requirements for voting absentee in elections.
On March 31, 2021, the district court issued an opinion declaring that Virginia Beach’s system of election violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting strength of Black, Latino, and Asian American voters, enjoining the use of that system and granting the plaintiffs’ request for attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted an open letter calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a new routine use exception that would enable the Federal Bureau of Prisons to share the data necessary to allow states and localities to implement two pro-democracy reforms: enacting universal enfranchisement and abolishing prison gerrymandering. The League of Women Voters and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs joined in support.
On March 18, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a brief of plaintiffs appealing the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.
On Feb. 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter in support of SB 571 in Oregon to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. The bill would restore the right to vote to Oregonians currently incarcerated for felony convictions and reenfranchise tens of thousands of people.
On Feb. 22, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to New York's speaker of the State Assembly, Senate majority leader, and governor in support of a bill that would automatically restore voting rights for all New Yorkers with felony convictions upon their release from prison. This milestone legislation would reenfranchise tens of thousands of New Yorkers, streamline the rights restoration process, require state and local officials to provide formerly incarcerated individuals notice of their voting rights restoration upon release and cement New York’s commitment to rights restoration immediately upon release from incarceration, a policy which currently could be unilaterally reversed by a future governor’s office.
On Feb. 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) joined with Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund to write a letter to Mississippi Lieutenant Gov. Delbert Hosemann and other Mississippi legislators opposing a pending bill that discriminates against naturalized citizens. The bill copies a procedure of comparing voter registration data against outdated citizenship data from Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) databases that has been proven to fail repeatedly, including in CLC's litigation against a similar process in Texas.
On Feb. 16, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled on the state of Georgia’s motion for summary judgment on jurisdictional issues in Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger. The court found that the plaintiffs have standing to proceed on several of their claims, and the case can now proceed to a decision on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) represents the plaintiffs in this case, which include Fair Fight Action, Care in Action, Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, Virginia-Highland Church, and The Sixth Episcopal District.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) developed a memo explaining how the democracy reforms in the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) are drawn from bills that have long had bipartisan political sponsorship at both the federal and state levels, and how H.R 1/S 1's provisions would address problematic practices employed by both Democrats and Republicans.
On Jan. 28, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against the Sheriff and Recorder in Apache County, Arizona for their persistent failure to comply with the state's public records law, which has allowed them to evade oversight for nearly ten months.
On Jan. 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Brnovich v. DNC, urging the court to affirm the Ninth Circuit of Appeal's decision finding that Arizona’s out-of-precinct and ballot collection policies violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. CLC’s brief specifically urges the court to confirm the appropriate causation standard under Section 2, which the Ninth Circuit applied in the case below.
On Jan. 14, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to members of Washington State House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations urging them to support and advance HB 1078 to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole and eliminate Washington's modern-day poll tax.
In a series of explainers, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) shows how passing and signing into law H.R. 1 would improve our democracy by increasing election access and access to vote-by-mail, establishing independent redistricting commissions, promoting transparency in elections and digital ads, stopping foreign money in U.S. elections, creating a public financing system, enacting Federal Election Commission reforms, ending super PAC coordination, and creating an ethics pledge for senior executive branch officials.
H.R.1, "For the People Act" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This landmark legislation would: increase transparency of campaign spending; set up a system of small-donor matching funds for congressional candidates; revive the matching-fund system for presidential campaigns; expand conflict-of-interest laws; increase oversight of lobbyists; end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts; establish nationwide automatic voter registration; and reinforce the Voting Rights Act.