Case: DSCC v. Pate

20-cv-60642 | Iowa state trial court

Filed Date: 2020

Case Ongoing

Clearinghouse coding in progress

Case Summary

NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of November 7, 2020, After being denied the opportunity to intervene in the RNC's lawsuits against the Johnson, Linn, and Woodbury county auditors, the DSCC, DCCC and the Iowa Democratic Party filed this lawsuit alleging that a Directive written by the Iowa Secretary of State was invalid under the Iowa Constitution, because i…

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

According to their summary as of November 7, 2020,

After being denied the opportunity to intervene in the RNC's lawsuits against the Johnson, Linn, and Woodbury county auditors, the DSCC, DCCC and the Iowa Democratic Party filed this lawsuit alleging that a Directive written by the Iowa Secretary of State was invalid under the Iowa Constitution, because it interferes with the counties' "home rule", interferes with Iowans' right to vote, and violates their right to equal protection and due process. The Directive in question ordered county auditors to send blank absentee ballot applications, even when the county auditors in Johnson, Linn and Woodbury counties had begun to send out pre-filled absentee ballot applications to promote valid requests and limit administrative burdens on those counties.

People


Judge(s)

Appel, Brent R (Iowa)

Christensen, Susan (Iowa)

Hanson, Robert B (Iowa)

Oxley, Dana (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Arora, Nitika (Washington)

Beane, Amanda J. (Washington)

Bryant, Christopher James (District of Columbia)

Dickey, Gary (Iowa)

Elias, Marc Erik (District of Columbia)

Hamilton, Kevin J. (Washington)

Judge(s)

Appel, Brent R (Iowa)

Christensen, Susan (Iowa)

Hanson, Robert B (Iowa)

Oxley, Dana (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Arora, Nitika (Washington)

Beane, Amanda J. (Washington)

Bryant, Christopher James (District of Columbia)

Dickey, Gary (Iowa)

Elias, Marc Erik (District of Columbia)

Hamilton, Kevin J. (Washington)

Mertens, Matthew J (Oregon)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

20-cv-60642

Petition at Law and Equity

Aug. 31, 2020

Aug. 31, 2020

Complaint

20-cv-60642

Ruling on Petitioners' Emergency Motion to Stay Agency Action

Oct. 5, 2020

Oct. 5, 2020

Order/Opinion

20-1281

Opinion

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee v. Pate

Iowa state supreme court

950 N.W.2d 1

Oct. 14, 2020

Oct. 14, 2020

Order/Opinion

20-1249

Opinion

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

Iowa state supreme court

950 N.W.2d 204

Oct. 21, 2020

Oct. 21, 2020

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 25, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Healthy Elections COVID litigation tracker

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Attorney Organizations:

Perkins Coie