Case: Georgia NAACP v. State of Georgia

1:21-cv-05338 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: Dec. 30, 2021

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Case Summary

Georgia NAACP v. State of Georgia This is a case about protecting the power of voters of color in Georgia. On December 30, 2021, the Georgia NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Inc. (GCPA) and the Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc. (Galeo) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Appointed to the case was a three-judge panel comprised of District Judges Steven D. Grimberg and Steve C. Jones and Circuit Judge Elizab…

Georgia NAACP v. State of Georgia

This is a case about protecting the power of voters of color in Georgia. On December 30, 2021, the Georgia NAACP, the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Inc. (GCPA) and the Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc. (Galeo) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Appointed to the case was a three-judge panel comprised of District Judges Steven D. Grimberg and Steve C. Jones and Circuit Judge Elizabeth L. Branch. The plaintiffs sued the State of Georgia, the Georgia Governor, and the Secretary of State of Georgia under the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Represented by private law firms and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, the plaintiffs sought a permanent injunction against defendants that prohibits defendants from calling, holding, supervising, or certifying any election under the redistricting plans for the Georgia Senate (SB 1 EX/AP), Georgia House of Representatives (HB 1EX LC 47 1163S/AP), and Congress (SB 2 EX/AP) and further requested the creation of revised redistricting plans that do not infringe upon the constitutional rights of Georgians of color by diluting their voting strength.

Common Cause v. Raffensperger

On January 7, 2022, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of Georgia, and three individual Black voters filed a similar lawsuit, Common Cause v. Raffensperger. In Common Cause, the plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and a private law firm, sought a permanent injunction against defendants from holding elections in Districts 6, 13, and 14 as enacted in S.B. 2EX and any other districts necessary to remedy the constitutional violations. They claimed that Districts 6, 13, and 14 were drawn using race as the predominant factor in determining the boundaries.

The Common Cause plaintiffs alleged this action was not narrowly tailored to advance compliance with the Voting Rights Act because Black voters and other voters of color were either packed into districts in substantially higher numbers than necessary or spread across multiple districts preventing the formation of a majority-minority district or minority opportunity district. The same three judges in the NAACP case were assigned to this case as well.

Consolidation

The Court recognized the similarities between the two cases, and recommended consolidating them. Plaintiffs supported consolidation for each claim, except for the Voting Rights Act claim whereas defendants supported consolidation for all claims. After hearing from the parties, the court consolidated the cases on February 3, 2022 due to the common questions of law and fact.

As of November 7, 2022, the case is ongoing and the parties are currently engaged in discovery.

Summary Authors

Rachel Fishman (10/16/2022)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
1

1:21-cv-05338

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. State of Georgia

Dec. 30, 2021

Dec. 30, 2021

Complaint
1

1:22-cv-00090

Complaint for Declaratory Judgement and Injunctive Relief

Common Cause v. Raffensperger

Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022

Complaint
40

1:22-cv-00090

1:21-cv-05338

Order

Common Cause v. Raffensperger

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

Order/Opinion
32

1:22-cv-00090

First Amended Complaint

Common Cause v. Raffensperger

March 30, 2022

March 30, 2022

Complaint
59

1:21-cv-05338

Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. State of Georgia

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

Complaint
89

1:21-cv-05338

Order

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. State of Georgia

Sept. 26, 2022

Sept. 26, 2022

Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/61688506/georgia-state-conference-of-the-naacp-v-state-of-georgia/

Last updated Oct. 23, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

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COMPLAINT filed by Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc.. (Filing fee $402, receipt number AGANDC-11487605) (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Filing Appendix 1, # 2 Appendix 1, # 3 Civil Cover Sheet)(adg) Please visit our website at http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/commonly-used-forms to obtain Pretrial Instructions and Pretrial Associated Forms which includes the Consent To Proceed Before U.S. Magistrate form. (Entered: 01/03/2022)

1 Notice of Filing Appendix 1

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2 Appendix 1

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3 Civil Cover Sheet

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Dec. 30, 2021

Dec. 30, 2021

Clearinghouse
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Certificate of Interested Persons and Corporate Disclosure Statement by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (adg) (Entered: 01/03/2022)

Dec. 30, 2021

Dec. 30, 2021

PACER
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ORDER referring this matter to the Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit so that he may appoint a three-judge panel. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 1/03/2022. (pdw) (Entered: 01/03/2022)

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

PACER
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Electronic Summons Issued as to State of Georgia. (adg) (Entered: 01/03/2022)

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

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Electronic Summons Issued as to Brian Kemp. (adg) (Entered: 01/03/2022)

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

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Electronic Summons Issued as to Brad Raffensperger. (adg) (Entered: 01/03/2022)

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

PACER

Clerk's Certificate of Mailing re 1 Complaint and 3 Order: copies transmitted via email to Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals by chambers staff. (pdw)

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

PACER

Clerks Certificate of Mailing

Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Bryan P. Tyson on behalf of Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia (Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 01/04/2022)

Jan. 4, 2022

Jan. 4, 2022

PACER
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Order Designating Three-Judge Court Judge Steven D. Grimberg and Circuit Judge Elizabeth L. Branch to serve with Judge Steve C. Jones. Signed by Chief Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. on 01/04/2022. (rvb) (Entered: 01/05/2022)

Jan. 4, 2022

Jan. 4, 2022

RECAP
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ORDER setting Rule 16 Conference for 1/12/2022 at 01:30 PM via Zoom (connection instructions to follow by separate notice.) The parties are further ORDERED to file by 12:00 p.m. EST on TUESDAY,JANUARY 11, 2022, status report(s) explaining their positions with respect to the issues (set forth herein.) Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 01/06/2022. (pdw) (Entered: 01/06/2022)

Jan. 6, 2022

Jan. 6, 2022

RECAP

Notice of Video/Telephone Proceeding

Jan. 6, 2022

Jan. 6, 2022

PACER

NOTICE OF VIDEO PROCEEDING: RULE 16 CONFERENCE set for 1/12/2022 at 01:30 PM via Zoom before Judge Steve C. Jones, Judge Elizabeth Branch, and Judge Steven Grimberg. Connection Instructions: Topic: Rule 16 Conference: 1:21-cv-05337-SCJ; 1:21-cv-05338-SCJ-SDG-ELB; and 1:21-cv-05339-SCJ Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://ganduscourts.zoomgov.com/j/1605120572 Passcode: 851671 Or One tap mobile : US: +16692545252,,1605120572#,,,,*851671# or +16468287666,,1605120572#,,,,*851671# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 669 216 1590 Webinar ID: 160 512 0572 Passcode: 851671 International numbers available: https://ganduscourts.zoomgov.com/u/abdGvu42dG Or an H.323/SIP room system: H.323: 161.199.138.10 (US West) or 161.199.136.10 (US East) Meeting ID: 160 512 0572 Passcode: 851671 SIP: 1605120572@sip.zoomgov.com Passcode: 851671 You must follow the instructions of the Court for remote proceedings available here. The procedure for filing documentary exhibits admitted during the proceeding is available here. Photographing, recording, or broadcasting of any judicial proceedings, including proceedings held by video teleconferencing or telephone conferencing, is strictly and absolutely prohibited. (pdw)

Jan. 6, 2022

Jan. 6, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Bryan Francis Jacoutot on behalf of Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia (Jacoutot, Bryan) (Entered: 01/07/2022)

Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Loree Anne Paradise on behalf of Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia (Paradise, Loree Anne) (Entered: 01/07/2022)

Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Frank B. Strickland on behalf of Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia (Strickland, Frank) (Entered: 01/07/2022)

Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504484).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/08/2022)

Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 8, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Keith Harrison Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504485).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/08/2022)

Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 8, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Toni Michelle Jackson Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504486).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/08/2022)

Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 8, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Astor H.L. Heaven Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504487).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/08/2022)

Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 8, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Jon Greenbaum Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11505803).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/10/2022)

Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Ezra David Rosenberg Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11507088).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/10/2022)

Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

PACER
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(FILED IN ERROR) ORDER setting Rule 16 Conference for 1/12/2022 at 01:30 PM via Zoom (connection instructions to follow by separate notice.) The parties are further ORDERED to file by 12:00 p.m. EST on TUESDAY,JANUARY 11, 2022, status report(s) explaining their positions with respect to the issues (set forth herein.) Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 1/10/2022. (pdw) Modified on 1/11/2022 to note this order was filed in the wrong case and has been re-docketed in the correct case, 1:22-CV-90-ELB-SCJ-SDG (ddm). (Entered: 01/10/2022)

Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

PACER

Order

Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

PACER

DOCKET ORDER AMENDING 9 Order setting Rule 16 Conference for 1/12/2022 at 01:30 PM via Zoom (connection instructions to remain as previously noticed). The parties are further ORDERED to file by 12:00 p.m. EST on TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022, status report(s) explaining their positions with respect to the issues set forth in the Courts prior order at Doc. No. 9 after conferring with the parties in 1:21-cv-05337-SCJ; 1:21-cv-05339-SCJ; and 1:22-cv-00090-ELB-SCJ-SDG. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 1/10/2022. (pdw)

Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022

PACER
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STATUS REPORT Defendants' Status Report by Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - 2022 Election Calendar, # 2 Exhibit B - Letter from B. Evans regarding redistricting)(Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 01/11/2022)

1 Exhibit A - 2022 Election Calendar

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2 Exhibit B - Letter from B. Evans regarding redistricting

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Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022

RECAP
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STATUS REPORT IN ADVANCE OF RULE 16 CONFERENCE by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 01/11/2022)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022

RECAP

Notification of Docket Correction

Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022

PACER

Notification of Docket Correction re 19 Order. This document was incorrectly filed in this civil action. This order will be docketed in the correct civil action, number 1:22-CV-00090- ELB-SCJ-SDG. (ddm)

Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022

PACER
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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Steve C. Jones, Judge Elizabeth Branch, and Judge Steven Grimberg: Rule 16 conference held via Zoom in Alpha Phi Alpha v. Raffensperger, 1:21-cv-5337-SCJ; Georgia State Conference of the NAACP et al v. State of Georgia, 1:21-cv-05338-SCJ-SDG-ELB; Pendergrass v. Raffensperger, 1:21-CV-5339-SCJ; Common Cause et al v. Raffensperger, 1:22-cv-00090-SCJ-SDG-ELB; Grant v. Raffensperger, 1:22-CV-0122-SCJ. (Court Reporter Viola Zbrowski)(pdw) (Entered: 02/07/2022)

Jan. 12, 2022

Jan. 12, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Charlene S McGowan on behalf of Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia (McGowan, Charlene) (Entered: 01/13/2022)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 14 APPLICATION for Admission of Keith Harrison Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504485). to attorney for correction re: form. (gas)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 13 APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504484). to attorney for correction re:form. (gas)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 16 APPLICATION for Admission of Astor H.L. Heaven Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504487). to attorney for correction re: form. (gas)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

Approval of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

Return of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 18 APPLICATION for Admission of Ezra David Rosenberg Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11507088). to attorney for correction RE: Form. (cdg)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 17 APPLICATION for Admission of Jon Greenbaum Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11505803). Attorney Jon M. Greenbaum added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (cdg)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 15 APPLICATION for Admission of Toni Michelle Jackson Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11504486). to attorney for correction re:form. (gas)

Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP of Withdrawal of Counsel, Esperanza Segarra. (Kastorf, Kurt) Modified on 1/18/2022 to edit docket text (ddm). (Entered: 01/14/2022)

Jan. 14, 2022

Jan. 14, 2022

Clearinghouse
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ORDER granting 17 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Jon Greenbaum. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 1/18/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 01/18/2022)

Jan. 18, 2022

Jan. 18, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Ezra David Rosenberg Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/19/2022)

Jan. 19, 2022

Jan. 19, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 25 APPLICATION for Admission of Ezra David Rosenberg Pro Hac Vice. Attorney Ezra David Rosenberg added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (cdg)

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER

Approval of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Astor H.L. Heaven Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Toni Michelle Jackson Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Keith J. Harrison Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Shira Liu Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548717).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Raija Horstman Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548795).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Jacob Canter Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548805).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 25 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Ezra David Rosenberg. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 1/27/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 01/27/2022)

Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 01/28/2022)

Jan. 28, 2022

Jan. 28, 2022

PACER
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SCHEDULING ORDER. See Order for specific dates and deadlines. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/1/2022. (ddm) (Entered: 02/01/2022)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

RECAP

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 26 APPLICATION for Admission of Astor H.L. Heaven Pro Hac Vice.. Attorney Astor H. L. Heaven added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 29 APPLICATION for Admission of Shira Liu Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548717).. Attorney Shira Liu added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 27 APPLICATION for Admission of Toni Michelle Jackson Pro Hac Vice.. Attorney Toni Michelle Jackson added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 28 APPLICATION for Admission of Keith J. Harrison Pro Hac Vice.. Attorney Keith J. Harrison added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER

Approval of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 1, 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

PACER

Approval of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 2, 2022

Feb. 2, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 30 APPLICATION for Admission of Raija Horstman Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548795).. Attorney Raija Horstman added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 2, 2022

Feb. 2, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 26 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Astor H.L. Heaven. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/3/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 27 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Toni Michelle Jackson. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/3/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 28 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Keith J. Harrison. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/3/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 29 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Shira Liu Pro. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/3/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 30 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Raija Horstman. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/3/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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ORDER CONSOLIDATING Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, et al. v. State of Georgia, et al., 1:21-cv-5338-ELB-SCJ-SDG and Common Cause, et al. v. Raffensperger, et al., 1:22-cv-00090-ELB-SCJ-SDG pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42 and in the exercise of the Court's discretion. The above-stated cases are hereby consolidated for all purposes, including discovery and trial. The Clerk is DIRECTED to designate both cases as related/member cases on CM/ECF. For the time being, the cases will maintain separate identities and the parties shall continue to file under the two respective civil action numbers for the particular case at issue, using that case's existing caption/case style; however, for all joint matters (or matters that will affect both cases), the parties shall file in both cases using the above-stated dual caption/case style so that the matter is docketed in both cases. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 02/03/2022. (ddm) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

Clearinghouse
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Motion to Bring Audio/Visual/Electronic Equipment in the Courtroom for Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Injunction by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER
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APPLICATION for Admission of Jacob Canter Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 02/03/2022)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 33 APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice. to attorney for correction re: Party not listed on form and format. (nmb)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER

Return of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

PACER

RETURN of 31 APPLICATION for Admission of Jacob Canter Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11548805). to attorney for correction re: Unable to Confirm Bar Membership. (nmb)

Feb. 3, 2022

Feb. 3, 2022

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43

ORDER granting 41 Motion to Bring Audio/Visual/Electronic Equipment in the Courtroom on 2/7/2022 -2/14/2022 at 9:00 AM: aptops, tablets, and/or cellular telephones that may contain cameras, including iPhones, Androids, or other smart phones/personal digital assistants (PDAs): Kurt Kastorf, Keith Harrison, Toni Michelle Jackson, Astor H. L. Heaven, Shira Liu, and Jacob Canter. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/04/2022. (pdw) (Entered: 02/04/2022)

Feb. 4, 2022

Feb. 4, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 42 APPLICATION for Admission of Jacob Canter Pro Hac Vice.. Attorney Jacob Canter added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (nmb)

Feb. 9, 2022

Feb. 9, 2022

PACER

Approval of Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 9, 2022

Feb. 9, 2022

PACER
45

ORDER granting 42 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Jacob Canter. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 2/10/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 02/10/2022)

Feb. 10, 2022

Feb. 10, 2022

PACER
46

APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice.by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 02/28/2022)

Feb. 28, 2022

Feb. 28, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 46 APPLICATION for Admission of Julie Marie Houk Pro Hac Vice.. Attorney Julie Marie Houk added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (cdg)

March 2, 2022

March 2, 2022

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47

MOTION to Dismiss with Brief In Support by Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia. (Attachments: # 1 Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss, # 2 Exhibit A - Order in Ark. State Conf. of the NAACP v. Ark. Board of Apportionment)(Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 03/04/2022)

1 Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss

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2 Exhibit A - Order in Ark. State Conf. of the NAACP v. Ark. Board of Apportionmen

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March 4, 2022

March 4, 2022

PACER
48

ORDER granting 46 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice Julie Marie Houk. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 3/14/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
49

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 03/15/2022)

March 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

PACER
50

ORDER granting 49 Plaintiffs' Consent Motion for Extension of Time to respond to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The deadline for Plaintiffs to respond to the Motion to Dismiss or Amend the Complaint is extended to March 30, 2022. The Scheduling Order 34, issued by this Court on February 1, 2022, remains in place. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 03/16/2022. (ddm) (Entered: 03/16/2022)

March 16, 2022

March 16, 2022

PACER
51

APPLICATION for Admission of LaTonya Sims Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11685374).by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) Documents for this entry are not available for viewing outside the courthouse. (Entered: 03/25/2022)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

PACER
52

AFFIDAVIT of Service for Complaint, as to Brad Raffensperger. (Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 03/25/2022)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

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53

AFFIDAVIT of Service for Complaint returned unexecuted as to State of Georgia. (Kastorf, Kurt) Modified on 3/28/2022 to edit docket entry (ddm). (Entered: 03/25/2022)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

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54

AFFIDAVIT of Service for Complaint, as to Brian Kemp. (Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 03/25/2022)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

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Return of Service Executed Brian Kemp served on 2/11/2022, answer due 3/4/2022; Brad Raffensperger served on 2/11/2022, answer due 3/4/2022. (ddm)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

PACER

APPROVAL by Clerks Office re: 51 APPLICATION for Admission of LaTonya Sims Pro Hac Vice (Application fee $ 150, receipt number AGANDC-11685374).. Attorney LaTonya Sims added appearing on behalf of Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (gas)

March 29, 2022

March 29, 2022

PACER
55

ORDER granting 51 Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice of LaTonya Sims. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 3/30/2022. If the applicant does not have CM/ECF access in the Northern District of Georgia already, they must request access at http://pacer.gov. If they have electronically filed in this district in a previous case, please omit this step.(pdw) (Entered: 03/30/2022)

March 30, 2022

March 30, 2022

PACER
56

MOTION for Leave to File Amended Complaint with Brief In Support by Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc., Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, Inc., Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Attachments: # 1 Brief Brief in Support of Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit 1: Proposed Amended Complaint, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit 2: Proposed Order)(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 03/30/2022)

1 Brief Brief in Support of Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint

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2 Exhibit Exhibit 1: Proposed Amended Complaint

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3 Exhibit Exhibit 2: Proposed Order

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March 30, 2022

March 30, 2022

PACER
57

RESPONSE re 56 MOTION for Leave to File Amended Complaint filed by Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia. (Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 04/13/2022)

April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022

RECAP

Submission of 47 MOTION to Dismiss to District Judge Steve C. Jones. (pdw)

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022

PACER
58

ORDER granting 56 Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint and denying as moot 47 Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The Clerk is directed to separately docket Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint [56-2] as the operative pleading. Signed by Judge Steve C. Jones on 05/10/2022. (ddm) (Entered: 05/10/2022)

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

RECAP
59

AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF against Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia filed by Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Inc., Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Inc..(ddm) Please visit our website at http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/commonly-used-forms to obtain Pretrial Instructions and Pretrial Associated Forms which includes the Consent To Proceed Before U.S. Magistrate form. (Entered: 05/10/2022)

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

Clearinghouse
60

JOINT PRELIMINARY REPORT AND DISCOVERY PLAN filed by Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. (Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 05/13/2022)

May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

RECAP
61

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE First Set of Interrogatories and First Set of Requests for Production by Georgia State Conference of the NAACP.(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 05/13/2022)

May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

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62

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE Initial Disclosures by Georgia State Conference of the NAACP.(Kastorf, Kurt) (Entered: 05/13/2022)

May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

PACER

NOTICE OF VIDEO PROCEEDING : Scheduling Conference set for 5/24/2022 at 11:30 AM before Judge Steve C. Jones. Connection Instructions: Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://ganduscourts.zoomgov.com/j/1614025122 Passcode: 125751 Or One tap mobile : US: +16692545252,,1614025122#,,,,*125751# or +16468287666,,1614025122#,,,,*125751# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 or +1 551 285 1373 or +1 669 216 1590 Webinar ID: 161 402 5122 Passcode: 125751 International numbers available: https://ganduscourts.zoomgov.com/u/adSkPUhbyk Or an H.323/SIP room system: H.323: 161.199.138.10 (US West) or 161.199.136.10 (US East) Meeting ID: 161 402 5122 Passcode: 125751 SIP: 1614025122@sip.zoomgov.com Passcode: 125751 You must follow the instructions of the Court for remote proceedings available here. The procedure for filing documentary exhibits admitted during the proceeding is available here. Photographing, recording, or broadcasting of any judicial proceedings, including proceedings held by video teleconferencing or telephone conferencing, is strictly and absolutely prohibited. (pdw)

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

PACER
63

MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint with Brief In Support by Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, State of Georgia. (Attachments: # 1 Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss)(Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 05/20/2022)

1 Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss

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May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

RECAP
64

Request for Leave of Absence for the following date(s): 6/13/22 - 6/24/22; 6/27/22 - 7/1/22; 7/5/22 - 7/15/22, by Bryan P. Tyson. (Tyson, Bryan) (Entered: 05/23/2022)

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

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67

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Steve C. Jones and Judge Steven D. Grimberg: Scheduling Conference held on 5/24/2022 via Zoom upon request of Plaintiffs in this matter and 1:22-cv-00090-SCJ-SDG-ELB Common Cause et al v. Raffensperger. Plaintiffs requested a June, 2023 trial date. The Court took the request under advisement, but directed that absent further order the current scheduling order remains in place. (Court Reporter Viola Zbrowski)(pdw) (Entered: 06/06/2022)

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

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Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 30, 2021

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Individual registered voters in Georgia as well as a group of nonprofits that work to eliminate racial discrimination, support voters of color, protect civil rights, strengthen public participation in democracy, increase government accountability, and expand access for those who have been left out of the democratic process.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Attorney Organizations:

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Georgia, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Voting Rights Act, section 2, 52 U.S.C. § 10301 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 1973)

Voting Rights Act, unspecified, 52 U.S.C. § 10301 et seq (previously 42 U.S.C § 1973 et seq.)

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

Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Available Documents:

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Voting: Physical/Effective Access

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Voting:

Vote dilution