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Case Name Gottlieb v. Lamont VR-CT-0018
Docket / Court 3:20-cv-00623 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
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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 more current information, see their tracker. COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action seeking to enjoin certain ... read more >
NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker. COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action seeking to enjoin certain Connecticut voting laws in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. No outcome yet.

On May 6, 2020, two Connecticut voters brought this class action on behalf of all registered Connecticut voters in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sued the governor and secretary of state of Connecticut under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs challenged two Connecticut laws: the Ballot Access law, which required candidates to collect in-person signatures to access the ballot for the August 11, 2020 primary elections, and the Absentee Ballot law, which required in-person voting, allowing for mail-in absentee voting for few exceptions. The plaintiffs alleged that Connecticut's ballot access law ("Ballot Access") was unsafe and impossible amid a pandemic and that Connecticut's absentee ballot law ("Absentee Ballot") inappropriately restricted access to the voting process and treated similarly situated voters differently. The case was assigned to Judge Janet C. Hall.

The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on May 12, adding two named plaintiffs and including the governor's newly issued Executive Order No. 7LL, arguing that although the order addressed the Ballot Access claim, it did not solve the constitutional deficiencies. That same day, they filed a motion for preliminary or permanent injunction with respect to their Ballot Access claim.

On May 18, the plaintiffs moved to certify the class as to the Ballot Access claim.

The Democratic State Central Committee moved to intervene on June 1 and on June 2, the defendants and the proposed intervenors separately filed memoranda in opposition to the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction.

The case is ongoing.

Caitlin Kierum - 06/03/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Procedural Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Voting
Voting access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Election administration
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Governor of Connecticut
Secretary of the State of Connecticut
Plaintiff Description Four registered Connecticut voters Class action sought: all registered Connecticut voters
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 05/06/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
D. Conn.
05/27/2020
3:20-cv-00623
VR-CT-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D. Conn.
05/06/2020
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory & Relief [ECF# 1]
VR-CT-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
05/12/2020
First Amended Class Action Complaint for Declaratory & Injunctive Relief [ECF# 8]
VR-CT-0018-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
05/12/2020
Motion for Preliminary or Permanent Injunctive and Declaratory Relief as to First Claim (Ballot Access) [ECF# 9 (& 9-1 to 9-4)]
VR-CT-0018-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
05/18/2020
Motion for Class Certification as to First Claim (Ballot Access) [ECF# 14, 14-1]
VR-CT-0018-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
06/02/2020
Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary or Permanent Injunctive Relief [ECF# 28 & 28-1]
VR-CT-0018-0010.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
06/02/2020
Democratic State Central Committee's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary or Permanent Injunctive Relief [ECF# 29]
VR-CT-0018-0011.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Conn.
06/02/2020
Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Emergency Motion for Preliminary or Permanent Injunctive and Declaratory Relief as to First Claim (Ballot Access) [ECF# 31 & 31-1 to 31-6]
VR-CT-0018-0012.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Hall, Janet C. (D. Conn.) show/hide docs
VR-CT-0018-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Taubes, Alexander T. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
VR-CT-0018-0001 | VR-CT-0018-0002 | VR-CT-0018-0007 | VR-CT-0018-0008 | VR-CT-0018-0012 | VR-CT-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Nunley, Alma Rose (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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Osborne, Maura Murphy (Connecticut) show/hide docs
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