Case: League of Women Voters of Ohio v. LaRose

2:20-cv-01638 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Filed Date: March 30, 2020

Closed Date: April 20, 2020

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Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker.COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on March 30 by two non-profit organizations and four voter plaintiffs against the Secretary of State of Ohio to challenge an election bill enacted in response to COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought preliminary injunctive relief and a TRO, which were both denied on April 3. The parties stipulated to dismiss…

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker.

COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on March 30 by two non-profit organizations and four voter plaintiffs against the Secretary of State of Ohio to challenge an election bill enacted in response to COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought preliminary injunctive relief and a TRO, which were both denied on April 3. The parties stipulated to dismiss the case, and the case was dismissed without prejudice on April 20.


On March 30, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Ohio's A. Philip Randolph Institute, and four individual voters filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State of Ohio to challenge the enactment of House Bill 197, including the refusal to extend voter registration deadline and the limitations of absentee voting. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 52 U.S.C. § 20507. Specifically, they sought injunctive relief requiring the defendant to extend the voter registration application to thirty days prior to the new election date, to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters at least twenty-one days before the closing of polls, and to allow in-person voting, among other requested remedies. The plaintiffs were represented by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio Foundation, Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Demos, and private attorneys. The case was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and assigned to Judge Michael H. Watson.

In March, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health ordered polling stations to be closed the day before the March primaries. On March 27, the defendant issued Directive 2020-06 under House Bill 197, which suspended in-person voting and imposed a multi-step mailing process for absentee voting. The House Bill also moved the primary election date to April 28. However, the plaintiffs noted that the defendant did not extend the voter registration deadline, which passed on February 18, although the date for the primary elections was moved.

The plaintiffs alleged that the multi-step vote-by-mail process posed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The plaintiffs argued that the vote-by-mail process was confusing and impossible for election officials and voters to complete in time before the election concluded, and therefore deprived the Ohio voters of their fundamental right to vote. The plaintiffs also alleged that by prohibiting the processing of voter registration applications after February 28, the directive violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires the registration to be available thirty days before any election for federal office.

On March 31, the plaintiffs filed an emergency motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). The complaint was amended to fix small errors a few days later.

The plaintiffs submitted a motion for a preliminary injunction on April 1, seeking to enjoin the defendants from enforcement of Ohio's February 18, 2020 registration deadline, require the defendants to set a registration deadline that is no more than 30 days before the date of the primary election and to conduct that election no later than May 12, 2020, as well as an order requiring the defendants to either bear the full costs associated with obtaining and voting ballots, or alternatively provide some reasonable alternative like "no excuse" in person voting before the close of the election to allow voters to cast their ballots at no cost. The same day, the State of Ohio and the Ohio Democratic Party moved to intervene defendants on April 1, which was granted that day. The next day, the Ohio Republication Party moved to intervene as a defendant and the Libertarian Party of Ohio moved to intervene as a plaintiff, both of which were granted.

The Honest Elections Project and Disability Rights Ohio filed amicus briefs on April 2 and April 3 respectively. Disability Rights Ohio argued that those with disabilities face a unique challenge as they have a higher risk of contracting the virus and a higher risk for complications from the virus. They urged the court to grant the plaintiff’s motion for TRO, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires the defendants to conduct elections in a manner that allows equal access for those with disabilities. The defendants submitted a response to the emergency TRO, listing the many steps they had taken to try to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and argued that the plaintiffs failed to show that Bill 197 violated the constitution or the NVRA and that their proposed remedies are unworkable. On April 3, the court denied the motion for preliminary injunction and TRO in favor of the defendants, reasoning that “[t]he Constitution does not require the best plan, just a lawful one . . . the Court will not declare the Ohio Legislature’s unanimous bill to be unconstitutional simply because other options may have been better.” The parties stipulated to dismiss the case, and the case was dismissed without prejudice on April 20 with each party bearing their own attorney fees.

Summary Authors

Averyn Lee (9/30/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Deavers, Elizabeth Preston (Ohio)

Sargus, Edmund A. Jr. (Ohio)

Watson, Michael H. (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Awan, Naila S (New York)

Bains, Chiraag (District of Columbia)

Carey, David J. (Ohio)

Chaudhuri, Pooja (District of Columbia)

Conarck, Jacob (District of Columbia)

Gordon-Marvin, Emerson (New York)

Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Deavers, Elizabeth Preston (Ohio)

Sargus, Edmund A. Jr. (Ohio)

Watson, Michael H. (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Awan, Naila S (New York)

Bains, Chiraag (District of Columbia)

Carey, David J. (Ohio)

Chaudhuri, Pooja (District of Columbia)

Conarck, Jacob (District of Columbia)

Gordon-Marvin, Emerson (New York)

Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)

Levenson, Freda J. (Ohio)

Lioz, Adam (District of Columbia)

Rosenberg, Ezra D (District of Columbia)

Wright, Brenda (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Lockshaw, David A (Ohio)

O'Donnell, Terrence (Ohio)

Pfeiffer, Julie M (Ohio)

Secrest, Jonathan Rea (Ohio)

Yackshaw, Ann (Ohio)

Yost, Dave (Ohio)

Other Attorney(s)

Brown, Mark R. (Ohio)

Clinger, Derek S (Ohio)

Keys, Julie G. (Ohio)

McTigue, Donald Joseph (Ohio)

Polio, Dennis W. (Virginia)

Sferra, Anne Marie (Ohio)

Slagle, Christopher N. (Ohio)

Stuckey, Jason R. (Ohio)

Torchinsky, Jason Brett (Virginia)

Truitt, Kevin J. (Ohio)

West, Nathaniel Zachary (Ohio)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:20-cv-01638

Docket [PACER]

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

Docket
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Complaint

March 30, 2020

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Complaint
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Plaintiffs' Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Proposed Order and Memorandum in Support

March 31, 2020

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Pleading / Motion / Brief
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Order

March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

Order/Opinion
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Intervenor-Defendant Ohio Republican Party's Memorandum Opposing Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

April 2, 2020

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Pleading / Motion / Brief
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Defendant Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose's Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (Doc. 4)

April 2, 2020

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Brief of the Honest Elections Project as Amicus Curiae in Support of Defendants

April 2, 2020

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Pleading / Motion / Brief
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Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction Requested

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Complaint
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Proposed Answer of Intervenor-Defendant, Ohio Republican Party, to Amended Complaint

April 2, 2020

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Pleading / Motion / Brief
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Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party's Memorandum in Partial Support and Partial Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order

April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17026199/league-of-women-voters-of-ohio-v-larose/

Last updated July 17, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against Frank LaRose ( Filing fee $ 400 paid - receipt number: 0648-7402349), filed by Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Lashunda Lee, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Hannah Tuvall, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Munia Mostafa. [ELECTION ISSUE(S) CITED] (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Form) (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/30/2020)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Summons Form

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Plaintiff Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute. (Awan, Naila) Modified filer on 3/31/2020 (ew). (Entered: 03/30/2020)

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Plaintiff League of Women Voters of Ohio. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/30/2020)

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Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall. [ELECTION ISSUE(S) CITED] (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, Declaration of Hannah Tuvell, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, Declaration of Molly Katherine Shack, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, Ohio Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of LWVO and Ohio APRI, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, Ohio Secretary of State, Letter to Members of the Ohio General Assembly (March 21, 2020), # 5 Exhibit Exhibit E, Ohio Association of Election Officials, Letter to Legislative Leaders (March 24, 2020), # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F, Declaration of Lashunda Lee, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit G, Declaration of Robert Flanagan Moore, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit H, Declaration of Munia Mostafa, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit I, Declaration of Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, # 10 Exhibit Exhibit J, Declaration of Jen Miller, # 11 Exhibit Exhibit K, Declaration of Brenda Savage, # 12 Exhibit Exhibit L, Declaration of Braxton Marie Nicole Jeter, # 13 Exhibit Exhibit M, Declaration of Latrell Sheree Riley, # 14 Exhibit Exhibit N, Declaration of Andre Washington, # 15 Text of Proposed Order Exhibit O, Proposed Order) (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

1 Exhibit Exhibit A, Declaration of Hannah Tuvell

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2 Exhibit Exhibit B, Declaration of Molly Katherine Shack

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3 Exhibit Exhibit C, Ohio Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of LWVO and Ohio AP

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4 Exhibit Exhibit D, Ohio Secretary of State, Letter to Members of the Ohio Genera

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5 Exhibit Exhibit E, Ohio Association of Election Officials, Letter to Legislative

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6 Exhibit Exhibit F, Declaration of Lashunda Lee

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7 Exhibit Exhibit G, Declaration of Robert Flanagan Moore

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8 Exhibit Exhibit H, Declaration of Munia Mostafa

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9 Exhibit Exhibit I, Declaration of Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez

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10 Exhibit Exhibit J, Declaration of Jen Miller

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11 Exhibit Exhibit K, Declaration of Brenda Savage

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12 Exhibit Exhibit L, Declaration of Braxton Marie Nicole Jeter

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13 Exhibit Exhibit M, Declaration of Latrell Sheree Riley

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14 Exhibit Exhibit N, Declaration of Andre Washington

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15 Text of Proposed Order Exhibit O, Proposed Order

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Notice of Hearing

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AMENDED COMPLAINT against Frank LaRose, filed by Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Lashunda Lee, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Hannah Tuvall, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Munia Mostafa. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons Form) (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

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Summons Issued as to Frank LaRose. (ew) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Julie M Pfeiffer for Defendant Frank LaRose (Pfeiffer, Julie) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Ann Yackshaw for Defendant Frank LaRose (Yackshaw, Ann) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7403121) of Adam Lioz by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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NOTICE of Hearing - Telephone Status Conference set for 3/31/2020 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Michael H. Watson. (jk)

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7403661) of Ezra Rosenberg by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7403678) of Jacob Conarck by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7403685) of Jon Greenbaum by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7403698) of Pooja Chaudhuri by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

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ORDER signed by Judge Michael H. Watson on 3/31/2020. (jk) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7404420) of Sean Emerson Gordon-Marvin by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7404425) of Chiraag Bains by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 03/31/2020)

March 31, 2020

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NOTATION ORDER granting 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15 Motions for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Adam Lioz, Ezra Rosenberg, Jacob Conarck, Jon Greenbaum, Pooja Chaudhuri, and Sean Emerson Gordon-Marvin. By Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers on 4/1/2020. (ew) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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Set/Reset Deadlines

April 1, 2020

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice

April 1, 2020

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NOTICE of Deficiency re 16 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Chiraag Bains. (ew) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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Set Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings

April 1, 2020

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Notice of Corrective Docket Entry

April 1, 2020

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Set Deadlines: Deficiency Deadline by 4/15/2020. (ew)

April 1, 2020

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Reset deadlines pursuant to 14 : Response to 4 Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order due by 4/2/2020 at 3:00 p.m. Reply due by 4/3/2020 at 3:00 p.m. (ew)

April 1, 2020

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Notice of Correction: An entry setting a deadline for payment of a filing fee was erroneously docketed in this case on 4/1/2020 and has been moved to the correct case by the Clerk's Office. (ew)

April 1, 2020

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Amended MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7404425) of Chiraag Bains by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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NOTICE of Substitution of Counsel - Jonathan Rea Secrest, David A. Lockshaw, Jr. and Terrence ODonnell substituting for Julie M. Pfeiffer and Ann Yackshaw as to Defendant Frank LaRose. (Secrest, Jonathan) Modified text on 4/2/2020 (ew). (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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MOTION to Intervene by Intervenor Defendant State Of Ohio. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proposed Notice of Defenses) (Pfeiffer, Julie) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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NOTICE of Appearance by Ann Yackshaw for Intervenor Defendant State Of Ohio (Yackshaw, Ann) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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NOTICE by Defendant Frank LaRose Regarding Motion to Intervene by the State of Ohio (ECF#21) (Secrest, Jonathan) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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ORDER granting 21 Intervenor Defendant State Of Ohio's Motion to Intervene. Signed by Judge Michael H. Watson on 4/1/2020. (jk) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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MOTION to Intervene by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit ODP's Proposed Answer, # 2 Exhibit ODP Memorandum in Partial Support and Partial Opposition of Plaintiff's Motion for TRO, # 3 Exhibit Evidence for ODP's Memorandum in Partial Support and Partial Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for TRO, # 4 Exhibit ODP Corp. Disclosure) (West, Nathaniel) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Nathaniel Zachary West for Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party (West, Nathaniel) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Derek S. Clinger for Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party (Clinger, Derek) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Donald Joseph McTigue for Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party (McTigue, Donald) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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MOTION to Intervene by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Complaint of Intervenor-Plaintiff) (Brown, Mark) (Entered: 04/01/2020)

April 1, 2020

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio (Brown, Mark) Modified text on 4/2/2020 (ew). (Entered: 04/01/2020)

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Proposed Motion for Preliminary Relief by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio . (Brown, Mark) Modified event on 4/2/2020 (ew). (Entered: 04/01/2020)

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MOTION to Intervene by Movant Ohio Republican Party. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Answer of Intervenor-Defendant Ohio Republican Party to Amended Complaint) (Sferra, Anne) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

April 2, 2020

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice

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Order on Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages

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MOTION for Leave to File Instanter Amicus Brief Opposing Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order by Amicus Honest Elections Project. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A Amicus Brief, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B Proposed Order) (Stuckey, Jason) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Anne Marie Sferra for Movant Ohio Republican Party (Sferra, Anne) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Movant Ohio Republican Party. (Sferra, Anne) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher N Slagle for Movant Ohio Republican Party (Slagle, Christopher) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Amicus Honest Elections Project. (Stuckey, Jason) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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ORDER granting 25 Motion to Intervene; granting 29 Motion to Intervene; granting 32 Motion to Intervene. Signed by Judge Michael H. Watson on 4/2/2020. (jk) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Supplemental Memorandum Supporting re 25 MOTION to Intervene Memorandum Partially Supporting and Partially Opposing TRO filed by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party. (West, Nathaniel) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages State of Ohios Motion for Leave to File Instanter The State of Ohios Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in Excess of Twenty Pages by Intervenor Defendant State Of Ohio. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit States Oppostion to TRO, # 2 Exhibit Declaration of Former Governor Taft, # 3 Exhibit Declaration of Karla Herron) (Pfeiffer, Julie) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Supplemental Memorandum Supporting re 29 MOTION to Intervene In Accord With Court Order filed by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio. (Brown, Mark) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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NOTATION ORDER granting 40 Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages. (jk)

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NOTATION ORDER granting 33 Motion for Leave to File. (jk)

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NOTATION ORDER granting 19 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Chiraag Bains. By Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers on 4/2/2020. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 4 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Movant Ohio Republican Party. (Sferra, Anne) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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RESPONSE in Opposition re 4 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Defendant Frank LaRose. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Advisory 2020-05, # 2 Exhibit Grandjean Declaration, # 3 Exhibit Directive 2020-06, # 4 Exhibit 1_133-2644-1) (Secrest, Jonathan) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Notice by Clerk of Southern District of Ohio of Pro Hac Vice Rules as to Attorneys Terrence O'Donnell, Jason B. Torchinsky, and Dennis W. Polio. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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ANSWER to 5 Amended Complaint filed by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Memorandum in Partial Support and Partial Opposition to 4 Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Democratic Party. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits) (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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Intervenor COMPLAINT filed by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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ANSWER to 5 Amended Complaint filed by Intervenor Defendant Ohio Republican Party. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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BRIEF by Amicus Honest Elections Project. (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

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RESPONSE in Opposition to 4 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Intervenor Defendant State Of Ohio. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Former Governor Taft, # 2 Declaration of Karla Herron) (ew) (Entered: 04/02/2020)

1 Declaration of Former Governor Taft

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REPLY to Response to Motion re 4 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order, 31 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction filed by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio. (Brown, Mark) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

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Order on Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages

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MOTION for Leave to File Instanter Brief of Amicus Curiae In Support of Plaintiffs Emergency Motion For Temporary Restraining Order by Amicus Disability Rights Ohio. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Brief of Amicus Curiae Disability Rights Ohio In Support of Plaintiffs Emergency Motion For Temporary Restraining Order, # 2 Exhibit B - Proposed Order) (Truitt, Kevin) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

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Corporate Disclosure Statement by Amicus Disability Rights Ohio. (Truitt, Kevin) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

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MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages for Reply in Support of TRO by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvall, Hannah Tuvell. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Plaintiffs' Reply Memorandum in Support of TRO, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit 1 - SOS Sixth Circuit Reply Brief in Mays v. LaRose, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit 2 - Supplemental Declaration of Jen Miller) (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

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OPINION and ORDER denying 31 Motion for Preliminary Injunction; denying 4 Motion for TRO. Signed by Judge Michael H. Watson on 4/3/2020. (jk) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

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NOTATION ORDER granting 56 Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages. (jk)

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BRIEF by Amicus Disability Rights Ohio. (ew) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

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59

REPLY to Response to 4 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvell. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - SOS Sixth Circuit Reply Brief in Mays v. LaRose, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Supplemental Declaration of Jen Miller) (ew) (Entered: 04/03/2020)

1 Exhibit 1 - SOS Sixth Circuit Reply Brief in Mays v. LaRose

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2 Exhibit 2 - Supplemental Declaration of Jen Miller

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April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

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60

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by Intervenor Plaintiff Libertarian Party of Ohio (Brown, Mark) (Entered: 04/05/2020)

April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

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61

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Filing fee of $200 paid, receipt number 0648-7425917) of Terrence O'Donnell by Defendant Frank LaRose. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing) (Secrest, Jonathan) (Entered: 04/16/2020)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

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Set/Reset Deadlines

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

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62

NOTICE of Deficiency re 61 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice of Terrence O'Donnell. (ew) (Entered: 04/16/2020)

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

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Set Deadlines: Deficiency Deadline by 4/30/2020. (ew)

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

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63

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed. Waiver sent to Frank LaRose on 3/30/2020, answer due 5/29/2020. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 04/17/2020)

April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

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64

STIPULATION of Dismissal by Plaintiffs League of Women Voters of Ohio, Lashunda Lee, Munia Mostafa, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, Audrianna Victorian Rodriguez, Hannah Tuvell. (Awan, Naila) (Entered: 04/20/2020)

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

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***Civil Case Terminated. (ew)

April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

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Terminate Civil Case

April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

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Case Details

State / Territory: Ohio

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 30, 2020

Closing Date: April 20, 2020

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, and four individual voters

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Secretary of State of Ohio, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Due Process: Procedural Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Voting

Voting access

Disability:

disability, unspecified

COVID-19:

Mitigation Denied

Mitigation Requested

Voting:

Election administration

Voter qualifications

Voter registration rules