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

20-cv-81901

Petition in Law and Equity

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

Complaint

20-cv-81901

Ruling

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

Sept. 25, 2020

Sept. 25, 2020

Order/Opinion

20-cv-81901

20-1249

Order

League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa v. Pate

Iowa state supreme court

Oct. 14, 2020

Oct. 14, 2020

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 28, 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