Case: LULAC of Iowa v. Pate

20-cv-81901 | Iowa state trial court

Filed Date: 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 information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of October 6, 2020, Iowa doesn’t require voters to provide an excuse to submit an absentee ballot, but voters must complete an absentee ballot request that requires certain identifying information and an affidavit. Election officials were able to use available voter database information to fill in any missing information on a…

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 October 6, 2020,

Iowa doesn’t require voters to provide an excuse to submit an absentee ballot, but voters must complete an absentee ballot request that requires certain identifying information and an affidavit. Election officials were able to use available voter database information to fill in any missing information on absentee ballot requests prior to sending the absentee ballots to voters. In June 2020, the Iowa legislature passed HF 2643, which prohibited election officials from looking up missing or incorrect information from voter databases and instead requires them to contact absentee ballot applicants by phone or email to obtain the information. Plaintiffs sued seeking orders declaring that HF 2643 violates the Iowa state constitution and enjoining the defendant from enforcing HF 2643 on the grounds that it violates due process and unjustly restricts the right to vote, particularly in light of concerns around in-person voting due to COVID-19.

People


Judge(s)

Anderson, Lars G (Iowa)

Christensen, Susan (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)

Hyatt, Heath L (Washington)

Judge(s)

Anderson, Lars G (Iowa)

Christensen, Susan (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)

Hyatt, Heath L (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Petition in Law and Equity

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

July 14, 2020 Complaint

Ruling

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

Sept. 25, 2020 Order/Opinion

Order

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

Iowa state supreme court

Oct. 14, 2020 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

LULAC of Iowa v. Pate

COVID-Related Election Litigation Tracker

Iowa doesn’t require voters to provide an excuse to submit an absentee ballot, but voters must complete an absentee ballot request that requires certain identifying information and an affidavit. Elec… Oct. 6, 2020 https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=45

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

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