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On May 29, 2020, CLC filed a motion asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction in advance of the August primary in Minnesota.
On May 27, 2020, Plaintiffs filed a motion with the court to stop a law that disenfranchises Alabamians with past convictions on the basis of wealth by requiring payment of all fines and fees prior to voting rights restoration.
This document is a template request for an advisory opinion on voter eligibility. Any Floridian who is unsure of their eligibility may submit this document to the Florida Division of Elections to request an opinion on their eligibility. However, to be eligible no voter need submit this form. For more information on eligibility to vote in Florida, visit RestoreYourVote.org.
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.
In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, CLC’s efforts to expand voter access have taken on renewed urgency as national, state and local voters seek answers on how elections can proceed safely and securely.
On May 19, 2020, CLC filed a complaint in federal court challenging Minnesota’s requirement that voters have a witness sign their absentee ballots in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit also challenges the requirement that the witness be a registered Minnesota voter. CLC represents the League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund and Minnesota voter Vivian Latimer Tanniehill, and Lathrop GPM LLP serves as co-counsel.
CLC is suing to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s law requiring a third-party witness signature for voting by mail. This law threatens Minnesotans’ right to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposes irrational restrictions on who can serve as a witness.
CLC is challenging New Jersey’s policy of rejecting mail-in ballots under an error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.