Case: DCCC v. Ziriax

4:20-cv-00211 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: May 18, 2020

Case Ongoing

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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 May 18, 2020, by the national congressional committee of the Democratic Party and the Oklahoma Democratic Party against the Oklahoma State Election Board, challenging various Oklahoma election laws in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendants…

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 May 18, 2020, by the national congressional committee of the Democratic Party and the Oklahoma Democratic Party against the Oklahoma State Election Board, challenging various Oklahoma election laws in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendants from enforcing the challenged provisions and requiring the defendants to provide prepaid postage and postpone the county certification deadline by a week. On September 17, the court denied the plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief and terminated the action.


On May 18, 2020, the national congressional committee of the Democratic Party and the Oklahoma Democratic Party filed a complaint against the Oklahoma State Election Board to challenge the constitutionality of various restrictions for absentee voting such as the Notarization, Witness, Photo Identification, and Postage Requirements, as well as the Absentee Assistance Ban and the Election Day Receipt Deadline. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-02 and injunctive relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Specifically, they sought an order enjoining the defendants from enforcing the challenged laws and requiring the defendants to provide prepaid postage on all absentee ballots and to postpone the county certification deadline by a week for the November 2020 general elections. The plaintiffs also sought attorney fees and were represented by private attorneys. The case was filed at the U.S. District for the Northern District of Oklahoma and was assigned to Judge John Edward Dowdell.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs noted that many Oklahomans anticipated voting absentee to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19 by voting in-person. The plaintiffs noted that the requirement to obtain notarization, secure a witness, copy identification and purchase stamps required voters to risk infection and expend money to participate in the election, which created an undue burden on the right to vote against the First and Fourteenth Amendments. They also alleged that the Postage Requirement was an unconstitutional poll tax against the Fourteenth and Twenty-Fourth Amendments. The plaintiffs further noted that the Absentee Assistance Ban foreclosed organizations from providing assistance to constituents by delivering their sealed voted ballots upon request, which would primarily assist low-income communities with fewer polling locations. Therefore, the plaintiffs argued that the ban which limits the number of voices who will convey the DCCC’s Oklahoma Democratic Party’s messages violates Free Speech and Associational Rights. Lastly, the plaintiffs challenged the Election Day Receipt Deadline, which imposed a cut off time for 7:00 PM on Election Day to count the ballots regardless of when the ballot was postmarked. The plaintiffs argued that because the current postal system was overburdened, the deadline threatened to disenfranchise voters for circumstances beyond their control in violation of due process.

On June 11, the complaint was amended to additionally request an order enjoining the Ballot Request Criminalization, which prevents a third party from assisting in requesting absentee ballots on behalf of individuals, and from enforcing the Absentee Assistance Criminalization, which prevents a third party in assisting in the collection and submission of their absentee ballots.

On June 19, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss for improper venue, or in the alternative, to transfer the case to the Western District of Oklahoma. The defendants argued that the only proper defendant was the Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, who resides in the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs filed a response on July 10 and argued that other members of the Election Board were also proper defendants because they had authority over county election boards. The plaintiffs noted that numerous people burdened by the challenged restrictions resided in the Northern District of Oklahoma; therefore, they argued the venue was proper.

On August 4, the court found that the Board Members were proper defendants and denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss or transfer venue. On August 19, the plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction, and a hearing was held on August 26. On September 17, the court denied the plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief and terminated the action, finding that the state’s interest in preventing voter fraud and maintaining confidence in voting outweighed the burdens imposed upon Oklahoma voters. 2020 WL 5569576.

The case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Averyn Lee (9/28/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Dowdell, John Edward (Oklahoma)

Jayne, Jodi F. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Conley, William Martin (Wisconsin)

Curtis, Charles G. Jr. (Wisconsin)

Devaney, John M. (District of Columbia)

Elias, Marc Erik (District of Columbia)

Frasier, Frank W. (Oklahoma)

Glickman, Ariel Brynne (District of Columbia)

Shah, Sopen B. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cleveland, Bryan (Oklahoma)

Judge(s)

Dowdell, John Edward (Oklahoma)

Jayne, Jodi F. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Conley, William Martin (Wisconsin)

Curtis, Charles G. Jr. (Wisconsin)

Devaney, John M. (District of Columbia)

Elias, Marc Erik (District of Columbia)

Frasier, Frank W. (Oklahoma)

Glickman, Ariel Brynne (District of Columbia)

Shah, Sopen B. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cleveland, Bryan (Oklahoma)

Mansinghani, Mithun (Oklahoma)

Schneider, Thomas R. (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 17, 2020 Docket
18

Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

June 11, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief
31

Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Improper Parties and Dismiss or Transfer Venue

July 10, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief
32

Defendants' Reply in Support of their Motion to Dismiss Improper Parties and Dismiss or Transfer Venue and Brief in Support

July 24, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief
33

Order

Aug. 4, 2020 Order/Opinion
47

Plaintiffs' Motion and Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Aug. 19, 2020 Pleading / Motion / Brief
56

Opinion and Order

487 F.Supp.3d 1207, 2020 WL 5569576

Sept. 17, 2020 Order/Opinion
2

Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

Sept. 17, 2020 Complaint

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/17174968/dccc-v-ziriax/

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

CIVIL COVER SHEET by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020 PACER
2

COMPLAINT against Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (paid $400 filing fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2207162) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020 RECAP
3

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Frank W Frasier, III on behalf of DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020 PACER
4

SUMMONS Issued by Court Clerk as to All Defendants (alg, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020 PACER
5

MOTION for Attorney(s) Sopen B. Shah to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2213667) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
6

MOTION for Attorney(s) Ariel Brynne Glickman to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2213670) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
7

MOTION for Attorney(s) Mark Erik Elias to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2213671) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
8

MOTION for Attorney(s) John Michael Devaney to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2213672) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
9

MOTION for Attorney(s) Charles G. Curtis, Jr. to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2213673) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
10

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell The Motions for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Sopen B. Shah (Doc. 5), Ariel Brynne Glickman (Doc. 6), Mark Erik Elias (Doc. 7), John Michael Devaney (Doc. 8) and Charles G. Curtis Jr. (Doc. 9) are granted. Counsel may appear in this matter on behalf of the plaintiffs. ; granting 5 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice; granting 6 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice; granting 7 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice; granting 8 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice; granting 9 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (SAS, Chambers) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020 PACER
11

SUMMONS Returned Executed re: Tom Montgomery (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/08/2020)

June 8, 2020 PACER
12

SUMMONS Returned Executed re: Heather Mahieu Cline (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/08/2020)

June 8, 2020 PACER
13

SUMMONS Returned Executed re: Tim Mauldin (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/08/2020)

June 8, 2020 PACER
14

SUMMONS Returned Executed re: Debi Thompson (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/08/2020)

June 8, 2020 PACER
15

SUMMONS Returned Executed re: Paul Ziriax (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/08/2020)

June 8, 2020 PACER
16

MOTION for Attorney(s) Will M. Conley to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2216916) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/09/2020)

June 9, 2020 PACER
17

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell The Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (Doc. 16) of attorney Will M. Conley is granted. Mr. Conley may appear in this matter on behalf of the plaintiffs. ; granting 16 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (SAS, Chambers) (Entered: 06/09/2020)

June 9, 2020 PACER
18

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (Re: 2 Complaint ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/11/2020)

June 11, 2020 RECAP
19

CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by DCCC (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/11/2020)

June 11, 2020 PACER
20

CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 06/11/2020)

June 11, 2020 PACER
21

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Mithun S Mansinghani on behalf of All Defendants [Note: Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Jerry Buchanan(pty:dft), Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Heather Mahieu Cline(pty:dft), Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Tim Mauldin(pty:dft), Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Tom Montgomery (pty:dft), Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Debi Thompson(pty:dft), Attorney Mithun S Mansinghani added to party Paul Ziriax(pty:dft).] (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 06/17/2020)

June 17, 2020 PACER
22

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Bryan Cleveland on behalf of All Defendants [Note: Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Jerry Buchanan(pty:dft), Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Heather Mahieu Cline(pty:dft), Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Tim Mauldin(pty:dft), Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Tom Montgomery (pty:dft), Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Debi Thompson(pty:dft), Attorney Bryan Cleveland added to party Paul Ziriax(pty:dft).] (Cleveland, Bryan) (Entered: 06/17/2020)

June 17, 2020 PACER
23

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Thomas R Schneider on behalf of All Defendants [Note: Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Jerry Buchanan(pty:dft), Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Heather Mahieu Cline(pty:dft), Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Tim Mauldin(pty:dft), Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Tom Montgomery (pty:dft), Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Debi Thompson(pty:dft), Attorney Thomas R Schneider added to party Paul Ziriax(pty:dft).] (Schneider, Thomas) (Entered: 06/17/2020)

June 17, 2020 PACER
24

MOTION to Dismiss Party J. Buchanan; H. Cline; D. Thompson; Dr. Mauldin; & T. Montgomery, MOTION to Dismiss, MOTION to Transfer Case to Other District by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 06/19/2020)

June 19, 2020 RECAP
25

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Sopen B. Shah on behalf of All Plaintiffs [Note: Attorney Sopen B. Shah added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney Sopen B. Shah added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Shah, Sopen) (Entered: 06/23/2020)

June 23, 2020 PACER
26

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Will McDonell Conley on behalf of All Plaintiffs [Note: Attorney Will McDonell Conley added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney Will McDonell Conley added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Conley, Will) (Entered: 06/23/2020)

June 23, 2020 PACER
27

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Charles Grant Curtis, Jr on behalf of All Plaintiffs [Note: Attorney Charles Grant Curtis, Jr added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney Charles Grant Curtis, Jr added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Curtis, Charles) (Entered: 06/25/2020)

June 25, 2020 PACER
28

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Ariel Brynne Glickman on behalf of All Plaintiffs [Note: Attorney Ariel Brynne Glickman added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney Ariel Brynne Glickman added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Glickman, Ariel) (Entered: 06/25/2020)

June 25, 2020 PACER
29

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Marc Elias on behalf of DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party [Note: Attorney Marc Elias added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney Marc Elias added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Elias, Marc) (Entered: 06/30/2020)

June 30, 2020 PACER
30

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by John M Devaney on behalf of All Plaintiffs [Note: Attorney John M Devaney added to party DCCC(pty:pla), Attorney John M Devaney added to party Oklahoma Democratic Party(pty:pla).] (Devaney, John) (Entered: 07/06/2020)

July 6, 2020 PACER
31

RESPONSE in Opposition to Motion (Re: 24 MOTION to Dismiss Party J. Buchanan; H. Cline; D. Thompson; Dr. Mauldin; & T. Montgomery MOTION to Dismiss MOTION to Transfer Case to Other District ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party ; (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 07/10/2020)

July 10, 2020 RECAP
32

REPLY to Response to Motion (Re: 24 MOTION to Dismiss Party J. Buchanan; H. Cline; D. Thompson; Dr. Mauldin; & T. Montgomery MOTION to Dismiss MOTION to Transfer Case to Other District ) by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax ; (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 07/24/2020)

July 24, 2020 RECAP
33

ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell ; denying 24 Motion to Dismiss Party; denying 24 Motion to Dismiss; denying 24 Motion to Transfer Case to Other District (JED1, Chambers) (Entered: 08/04/2020)

Aug. 4, 2020 RECAP
34

ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell Setting a hearing on Plaintiff's requests for injunctive relief for 8/26/2020 at 10:00 a.m., setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Miscellaneous Deadline set for 8/19/2020, Miscellaneous Hearing set for 8/26/2020 at 10:00 AM before Chief Judge John E Dowdell) (Re: 18 Amended Complaint ) (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/04/2020)

Aug. 4, 2020 RECAP
35

MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) Modified on 8/13/2020; this is a two-part motion of which one part was filed - see 39 for Motion to Expedite Ruling (sac, Dpty Clk). (Entered: 08/12/2020)

Aug. 12, 2020 PACER

Motion(s) Referred

Aug. 12, 2020 PACER
36

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell, referring motion(s) to Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax and request for expedited consideration ) (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/12/2020)

Aug. 12, 2020 PACER
39

MOTION to Expedite Ruling (submitted as part of 35 ) (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax ) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/13/2020)

Aug. 12, 2020 PACER

***Motion(s) Referred to Magistrate Judge Jayne (Re: 39 MOTION to to Expedite Ruling (submitted as part of 35 ) ) (sac, Dpty Clk)

Aug. 12, 2020 PACER
37

MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Take Deposition (ECF No. 35) is set for an expedited telephone hearing on Friday, August 14, 2020, at 10:00 am. Counsel for Plaintiff is directed to arrange the conference call and contact the Courtroom Deputy at stephanie_cope@oknd.uscourts.gov and all counsel of the conference number, setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Motion Hearing set for 8/14/2020 at 10:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne) (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax and request for expedited consideration ) (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (sdc, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/13/2020)

Aug. 13, 2020 PACER
38

MINUTE ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne resetting Telephone Conference (TIME CHANGE ONLY), setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Motion Hearing set for 8/14/2020 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne) (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax and request for expedited consideration, 37 Minute Order,,,, Setting/Resetting Deadline(s)/Hearing(s),,, ) (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (sdc, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/13/2020)

Aug. 13, 2020 PACER
40

RESPONSE in Opposition to Motion (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax ) by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax ; (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 08/13/2020)

Aug. 13, 2020 PACER
41

MINUTES of Proceedings - held before Magistrate Judge Jodi F Jayne: Motion Hearing held on 8/14/2020 ; striking/terminating deadline(s)/Hearing(s); granting 35 Motion for Miscellaneous Relief (Re: 35 MOTION for leave to depose Defendant Paul Ziriax ) (Court Reporter: C1) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/14/2020)

Aug. 14, 2020 PACER
42

MOTION Joint Request for Status Confernce by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 08/17/2020)

Aug. 17, 2020 RECAP
43

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell As Judge Jayne already ruled expeditiously on Doc. 35, the request for expedited ruling (Doc. 39) is moot ; finding as moot 39 Motion to Expedite Ruling (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (JED1, Chambers) (Entered: 08/17/2020)

Aug. 17, 2020 PACER
44

MOTION for Attorney(s) David L. Anstaett to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $50 PHV fee; receipt number AOKNDC-2249948) by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 08/18/2020)

Aug. 18, 2020 PACER
45

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell The Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of attorney David L. Anstaett (Doc. 44) is granted. Mr. Anstaett may appear in this matter on behalf of the plaintiffs. ; granting 44 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (SAS, Chambers) (Entered: 08/18/2020)

Aug. 18, 2020 PACER
46

ANSWER (Re: 18 Amended Complaint ) by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 08/18/2020)

Aug. 18, 2020 PACER
47

MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (With attachments) (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 08/19/2020)

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Aug. 19, 2020 RECAP
48

RESPONSE to Order to Show Cause (Re: 34 Order,, Setting/Resetting Deadline(s)/Hearing(s),,, ) by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (With attachments) (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 08/20/2020)

Aug. 20, 2020 PACER
49

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by David Lee Anstaett on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Anstaett, David) (Entered: 08/21/2020)

Aug. 21, 2020 PACER
50

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell The Joint Request for a Status Conference (Doc. 42) is granted. The Status Conference will take place via phone conference on 8/24/2020 at 2:00 p.m. The courtroom deputy will send an e-mail with call-in instructions forthwith. ; setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Status Hearing set for 8/24/2020 at 02:00 PM before Chief Judge John E Dowdell); granting 42 Motion for Miscellaneous Relief (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/21/2020)

Aug. 21, 2020 PACER
51

MINUTE ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell At the parties' joint request (Doc. 42), the Court conducted an off-record status conference by telephone on August 24, 2020 to discuss the hearing scheduled for August 26, 2020. During the status conference, the plaintiffs and defendants agreed that they wish the Court proceed upon the written record provided by the parties in their submissions, as well as any additional evidence the parties may wish to present during the August 26 hearing. The plaintiffs and defendants also agree that it is appropriate for the Court to advance the trial on the merits of a potential permanent injunction and consolidate it with the hearing on the preliminary injunction. Accordingly, the Court will consider the parties' written evidentiary submissions, exhibits, and legal arguments, as well as any additional witness testimony the parties wish to provide at the August 26 hearing. By the end of today, the parties shall exchange the names of any witnesses they intend to call at the hearing and shall inform the Court as well. In addition, the parties shall submit proposed findings and conclusions, in both pdf and Word format, to Courtroom Deputy Lisa Lyles, by August 31, 2020. (This entry is the Official Order of the Court. No document is attached.) (JED1, Chambers) (Entered: 08/24/2020)

Aug. 24, 2020 PACER
52

FINAL WITNESS LIST by DCCC, Oklahoma Democratic Party (Frasier, Frank) (Entered: 08/24/2020)

Aug. 24, 2020 RECAP
53

MINUTES of Proceedings - held before Chief Judge John E Dowdell: Evidentiary Hearing held on 8/26/2020, Motion Hearing held on 8/26/2020, setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Miscellaneous Deadline set for 8/31/2020) (Re: 47 MOTION for Preliminary Injunction ) (Court Reporter: Terri Beeler) (With attachments) (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/26/2020)

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Aug. 26, 2020 RECAP
54

PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW by Jerry Buchanan, Heather Mahieu Cline, Tim Mauldin, Tom Montgomery, Debi Thompson, Paul Ziriax (Mansinghani, Mithun) (Entered: 08/31/2020)

Aug. 31, 2020 RECAP
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TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings (Unredacted) of preliminary injunction/permanent injunction & trial on the merits held on 8/26/20 before Chief Judge John E Dowdell (Court Reporter: Terri Beeler) (Pages: 203). NOTICE RE REDACTION OF TRANSCRIPTS: A party must file a Transcript Redaction Request within 21 calendar days. If a party fails to request redaction, this unredacted transcript may be made electronically available to the public without redaction after 90 calendar days. Any party needing a copy of the transcript to review for redaction purposes may view the transcript at the court public terminal at no charge or may purchase a copy from the court reporter. (Re: 53 Minutes of Evidentiary Hearing,, Minutes of Motion Hearing,, Setting/Resetting Deadline(s)/Hearing(s), ) (tdb, Crt Rptr) (Entered: 09/01/2020)

Sept. 1, 2020 PACER
56

OPINION AND ORDER by Chief Judge John E Dowdell The plaintiffs' request for injunctive relief (Doc. 18, 47)is denied ; FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW by Chief Judge John E Dowdell ; denying 47 Motion for Preliminary Injunction (JED1, Chambers)

Sept. 17, 2020 RECAP
57

JUDGMENT by Chief Judge John E Dowdell, entering judgment in favor of defendants (terminates case) (JED1, Chambers) (Entered: 09/17/2020)

Sept. 17, 2020 RECAP

***Civil Case Terminated (see document number 57 ) (sac, Dpty Clk)

Sept. 17, 2020 PACER

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 18, 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

the national congressional committee of the Democratic Party and the Oklahoma Democratic Party

Plaintiff Type(s):

State Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Oklahoma State Election Board, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Due Process: Procedural Due Process

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

None

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Voting

Voting access

COVID-19:

Mitigation Requested

Release Denied

Voting:

Election administration

Voter registration rules