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On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision holding that Arizona's out-of-precinct policy and its ban on ballot collection do not violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the ban on ballot collection was not enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose. On Jan. 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case.
Order granting motion for preliminary injunction.
On May 24, 2020, the Court issued its Opinion on the Merits following the historic 8-day trial in Jones v. DeSantis. The Court found that Florida’s “pay-to-vote” system violates the Constitution as applied to all individuals who genuinely cannot pay their legal financial obligations as a condition of voting. The opinion further held that the conditioning of voting rights restoration on the payment of court costs and fees is an illegal poll tax that violates the 24th Amendment, and that Florida’s voter registration forms violate the National Voter Registration Act. The Court established a new procedure for Floridians with past felony convictions to determine their eligibility to register and vote.
This decision applies not only to the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, but to the entire plaintiff class, represented by CLC.
The 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision in Florida’s case on fines and fees, upholding the preliminary injunction which prevents the state from preventing the plaintiffs from voting based solely on their genuine inability to pay legal financial obligations.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones issued a ruling denying CLC and Fair Fight Action’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt Georgia’s voter purge.
On December 19, 2019, a judge from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division issued an order denying stay.
The district court in Alabama ruled on CLC’s supplemental complaint in an order entered on Dec. 3, 2019. The judge has allowed CLC to proceed to trial on all major claims.
On October 18, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida Tallahassee Division issued an order denying the motion to dismiss or abstain and granting a preliminary injunction.
The court granted the Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and motion for class certification. The Court enjoined the State of Ohio from treating the class of late-jailed voters differently from late-hospitalized voters for purposes of absentee voting, and directed the Ohio Secretary of State and County Boards of Election to accept applications for absentee ballots from late-jailed voters that are properly delivered by 3:00 pm on Election Day.
Judge Aleta A. Trauger for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, issued a decision denying the State of Tennessee’s request to dismiss a legal challenge to a new state law that would restrict and penalize voter registration efforts.
Opinion issued by the three-judge panel, and filed by Circuit Judge Tatel, denying the state's request for a declaratory judgment.
On May 30, 2019, a unanimous 6th Circuit panel upheld all challenged provisions of Kentucky’s ethics and campaign finance laws. The appellate court found that the provisions barring state legislators from receiving gifts and campaign contributions from state lobbyists were constitutional, and that plaintiffs—one sitting state senator and one legislative candidate—lacked standing to challenge the corresponding restrictions on lobbyists themselves.
The Fifth Circuit ruled against the Plaintiffs in this case challenging the Hattiesburg City Council wards under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision, finding that the ward plan adopted after the 2010 census does inhibit African-American voters' opportunity to participate in the electoral process. CLC represented the Plaintiffs on appeal.
In August 2017, CLC received a series of documents in response to a FOIA request regarding the Pence-Kobach Commission. United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson is now ordering the government to release the names of three individuals that were selectively redacted by the government in an email that played a role in the formation of the Pence-Kobach Commission.
Today the 5th Circuit affirmed the multi-million dollar verdict in the corruption case in Houston that CLC tried with Texas attorney Chad Dunn in 2016.
On February 28, 2019, the United States General Services Administration (GSA) settled with the Campaign Legal Center (CLC). CLC sued the GSA over its refusal to release travel information in response to CLC's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. GSA agreed to pay CLC $33,000 in attorney fees.
The judge ordered Texas counties not to remove any person from the current voter registration list until authorized by the court.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted narrow relief from Gwinnett County's policy of rejecting absentee ballots solely on the basis of an omitted or incorrect birth year.
The court ordered counties across Arizona to permit voters to "cure" early ballots until 5pm on November 14 so that a mismatch in their signature would not prevent them from exercising their right to vote.