U.S. District Court Order Blocking Indiana Voter Purge Law

U.S. District Court Order Blocking Indiana Voter Purge Law

June 8, 2018
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ORDER

This matter is before the Court on a Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65 by Plaintiff Common Cause Indiana (“Common Cause”) (Filing No. 75). Common Cause challenges the legality of Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 442 (2017) (“SEA 442”), codified at Indiana Code § 3-7-38.2-5(d)–(e), which amends Indiana’s voter registration laws. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993, 52 U.S.C. §§ 20507–20511 (“NVRA”), established procedural safeguards to protect eligible voters against disenfranchisement and to direct states to maintain accurate voter registration rolls. The NVRA placed specific requirements on the states to ensure that these goals were met. Common Cause maintains that SEA 442 violates the NVRA by circumventing its procedural safeguards. Common Cause seeks preliminary injunctive relief to prohibit the Defendants from implementing or enforcing SEA 442. For the following reasons, the Court grants Common Cause’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

CONCLUSION

Because each of the factors for the issuance of a preliminary injunction weighs in favor of Common Cause, the Court GRANTS Common Cause’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Filing No. 75). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(d), the Court ISSUES A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION prohibiting the Defendants from taking any actions to implement SEA 442 until this case has been finally resolved. A similar ruling is issued in related case Indiana State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, et. al. v. Lawson et al., 1:17-cv-2897-TWP-MPB. Common Cause need not post a bond. SO ORDERED.

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