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Case Name Republican National Committee v. Newsom VR-CA-0168
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-01055 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action seeking to enjoin California from enforcing EO N-64-20, which allowed Californians to vote by mail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. No outcome yet.


On May 24, 2020, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action seeking to enjoin California from enforcing EO N-64-20, which allowed Californians to vote by mail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. No outcome yet.


On May 24, 2020, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sued the governor and secretary of state of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Electors and Elections Clauses. Specifically, the plaintiffs challenged the governor's EO N-64-20, which allowed Californians to vote by mail to preserve the public health, arguing that the changing the "time, place, and manner in which Californians" vote was unconstitutional.

The case was initially assigned to Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, but was reassigned to Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. because it was related to another case filed a few days earlier by California voters, VR-CA-0169 in the Clearinghouse.

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
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Voting access
Plaintiff Type
Non-DOJ federal government plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Election administration
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Governor of California
Secretary of State of California
Plaintiff Description National and California Republican organizations
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 05/24/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
2:20-cv-1055 (E.D. Cal.)
VR-CA-0168-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
VR-CA-0168-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Delaney, Carolyn K. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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England, Morrison C. Jr. (E.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Baltes, Alexa R. (Virginia) show/hide docs
VR-CA-0168-0001 | VR-CA-0168-9000
Dhillon, Harmeet K. (California) show/hide docs
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Green, Tyler R. (Utah) show/hide docs
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McCarthy, Thomas R. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Meuser, Mark Philip (California) show/hide docs
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Weir, Bryan K. (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Norris, Cameron T. (Virginia) show/hide docs
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