Litigation

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Ohio’s “Supplemental Process” for removing registrants from its voter rolls, which is triggered by an individual’s failure to vote for a mere two years, violates the plain language of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the “NVRA”) and runs counter to Congress’s...
09/22/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT The purge provisions contained in Section 8 of the NVRA are designed to prevent states from instituting practices to remove registered voters from the rolls based on unreasonable inferences that the voter has become ineligible. The NVRA requires states to make “a...
09/22/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT There is no greater symbol of our democracy than our citizens’ right to vote. The NVRA protects this fundamental right through two provisions that Ohio’s Supplemental Process violates. First, the NVRA ensures that, once a citizen has properly registered to vote, a...
09/22/2017
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT This case presents the question of whether the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) allows states to initiate the process for removing citizens from the registration rolls based solely on their failure to vote. Allowing states to disenfranchise voters on this basis would be...
09/22/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT This case arises under the National Voter Registration Act. But the Ohio policy at issue—a “use-it-or-lose it” rule whereby a registered voter is deemed “inactive,” commencing a process that can result in the voter being purged from the voter rolls,...
09/22/2017
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INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT As amici demonstrate in Part I, the Democracy Voucher program (“the program”) serves the City’s important interests in strengthening local democracy in Seattle by reducing wealth-based barriers to participation in electoral campaigns and reducing a legitimate...
09/19/2017
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INTRODUCTION Ohio assumes that a registered voter who has not voted or engaged in other voter activity for two years “may have moved.” Directive 2015-09, R.42-2, PageID#1588. It directs county boards of elections to mail “confirmation notices” to all such voters, and to remove anyone...
09/16/2017
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Introduction The plaintiffs — all non-profit organizations — challenge California’s implementation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA” or “Act”). 52 U.S.C. § 20501 et seq.1 The Act generally requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) to offer citizens an...
08/28/2017
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INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”) is a nationwide, non-partisan organization of approximately 1.6 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation. The ACLU is dedicated to the...
06/12/2017
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QUESTION PRESENTED  Whether a law that removes all governmental authority from locally-elected officials in municipalities that have disproportionately large minority populations, and thereby denies the residents of those municipalities the ability to elect representatives of...
05/10/2017
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