Case: United States of America v. State of Maine

1:06-cv-00086 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Filed Date: July 28, 2006

Closed Date: Dec. 31, 2009

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Case Summary

The United States of America brought suit for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants, the State of Maine and the Secretary of State of Maine to enforce the requirements of Sections 301(a) and 303(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (“HAVA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 15481(a), 15483(a), and to enforce the voter registration list maintenance requirements of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the “NVRA”), 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6. Plaintiff alleged that defendants received…

The United States of America brought suit for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants, the State of Maine and the Secretary of State of Maine to enforce the requirements of Sections 301(a) and 303(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (“HAVA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 15481(a), 15483(a), and to enforce the voter registration list maintenance requirements of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the “NVRA”), 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6. Plaintiff alleged that defendants received federal funds to assist in the administration of federal elections but failed to comply with federal voting requirements. Specifically, defendants did not have voting systems providing adequate accessibility for persons with disabilities, failed to develop and implement a statewide voter registration list, and failed to conduct a program to identify and remove ineligible voters from the official registration list. Plaintiff sought injunctive relief, ordering defendants to develop a plan, within 30 days of entry of order, to remedy alleged violations.

The parties engaged in negotiations and entered into a consent decree with defendants committed to remedying violations of federal voting law. The parties jointly requested and approved a supplemental consent decree which adjusted the timelines for full compliance.  Plaintiffs filed notice memorializing an understanding between the parties that defendants would comply with their obligations and further court oversight was no longer necessary. Plaintiff declined to extend the operative consent decree which was allowed to expire on December 31, 2009.

Summary Authors

Benjamin Markham (10/30/2023)

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Judge(s)
Attorney for Plaintiff

AUSA, PAULA D. (Maine)

KIM, WAN (Maine)

LEO, SABATINO F. (Maine)

POPPER, ROBERT (Maine)

Attorney for Defendant

GARDINER, PHYLLIS (Maine)

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1:06-cv-00086

Complaint

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

July 28, 2006

July 28, 2006

Complaint
2

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Consent Decree, Judgment, and Order

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

Aug. 1, 2006

Aug. 1, 2006

Order/Opinion
3

1:06-cv-00086

Joint Motion to Amend Consent Decree and Incorporated Memorandum

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

Oct. 26, 2006

Oct. 26, 2006

Pleading / Motion / Brief
4

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Amended Decree

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

Oct. 27, 2006

Oct. 27, 2006

Order/Opinion
5

1:06-cv-00086

Joint Motion Requesting Entry of Proposed Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment, and Order

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007

Pleading / Motion / Brief
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Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment and Order

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

April 4, 2007

April 4, 2007

Order/Opinion
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1:06-cv-00086

Plaintiff's Notice of Expiration of Consent Decree

United States Of America V. State Of Maine

Feb. 2, 2010

Feb. 2, 2010

Notice Letter

Docket

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COMPLAINT against STATE OF MAINE, SECRETARY OF STATE, MAINE, filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. (Service of Process Deadline 11/27/2006) (Attachments: #(1) Proposed Consent Decree, Judgment and Order #(2) Attachment A to Proposed Consent Decree, Judgment & Order)(err, ) (Entered: 07/31/2006)

1 Proposed Consent Decree, Judgment and Order

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2 Attachment A to Proposed Consent Decree, Judgment & Order

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July 28, 2006

July 28, 2006

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CONSENT DECREE, JUDGMENT and ORDER By Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK JR. (err, )Attachment A to Consent Decree Additional attachment(s) added on 8/14/2006 (err, ). Modified on 8/14/2006 to add Attachment A (err, ). (Entered: 08/01/2006)

1 Attachment A to Consent Decree

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Aug. 1, 2006

Aug. 1, 2006

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NOTICE of Docket Entry Modification regarding 2 Judgment, Order: Attachment A to Consent Decree added to docket. (err, )

Aug. 14, 2006

Aug. 14, 2006

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Joint MOTION to Amend 2 Judgment, Order by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, STATE OF MAINE, SECRETARY OF STATE, ME WITH INCORPORATED MEMORANDUM.Responses due by 11/16/2006. (GARDINER, PHYLLIS) (Entered: 10/26/2006)

Oct. 26, 2006

Oct. 26, 2006

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AMENDED DECREE granting 3 Motion to Amend consent decree. By Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK JR. (jgw, ) (Entered: 10/30/2006)

Oct. 27, 2006

Oct. 27, 2006

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Joint MOTION Requesting Entry of Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment and Order by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.Responses due by 4/12/2007. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment, and Order)(SILSBY, PAULA) Modified on 3/23/2007 to clean-up docket text (jgw, ). (Entered: 03/22/2007)

1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment, and Order

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March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007

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ORDER granting 5 Joint MOTION Requesting Entry of Supplemental Consent Decree, Judgment and Order By Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK JR. (err, ) (Entered: 04/04/2007)

April 4, 2007

April 4, 2007

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SUPPLEMENTAL CONSENT DECREE, JUDGMENT and ORDER By Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK JR. (err, ) (Entered: 04/04/2007)

April 4, 2007

April 4, 2007

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Case Details

State / Territory: Maine

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) project

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 28, 2006

Closing Date: Dec. 31, 2009

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States of America

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

State of Maine, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter law"), 52 U.S.C. § 20501 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg)

Help America Vote Act (HAVA), 52 U.S.C. § 20901 et seq (previously 42 U.S.C. § 15301 et seq)

State law

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

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Content of Injunction:

Reasonable Accommodation

Voting Process Changes

Order Duration: 2007 - 2009

Issues

Disability and Disability Rights:

Reasonable Modifications

Discrimination Basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Voting:

Election administration

Voter registration rules

Voting: General & Misc.

Voting: Physical/Effective Access