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Case Name Mi Familia Vota Education Fund v. Detzner VR-FL-0168
Docket / Court 8:12-cv-1294 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On June 8, 2012, two naturalized U.S. citizens and a national non-profit dedicated to increasing civic participation among Latinos filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1973c and 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against the State of Florida in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa ... read more >
On June 8, 2012, two naturalized U.S. citizens and a national non-profit dedicated to increasing civic participation among Latinos filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1973c and 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against the State of Florida in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, the ACLU of Florida, the ACLU, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sought declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that Florida's voter purge procedures violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ("VRA"). Specifically, Plaintiffs claimed that these procedures required Section 5 preclearance from the federal government before they can be legally implemented. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,42 U.S.C. §1973c, is a temporary provision that prohibits changes in election practices or procedures in states and political subdivisions with a documented history of discriminatory voting practices until the new procedures have been determined not to have the purpose or effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group. Five of Florida's counties have been determined to fall within this category.

At the time of writing, no response or activity had yet followed the complaint.

Timothy Shoffner - 06/11/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Voting access
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Voter registration rules
Causes of Action Voting Rights Act, section 5, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c
Defendant(s) Florida Department of State
Plaintiff Description two naturalized U.S. citizens and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, a national non-profit dedicated to increasing civic participation among Latinos
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2012 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing VR-DC-1166 : Florida Department of State v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D.D.C.)
VR-FL-0169 : United States v. State of Florida (N.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0170 : Arcia v. Detzner (S.D. Fla.)
Docket(s)
8:12−cv−01294 (M.D. Fla.) 09/18/2012
VR-FL-0168-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
National Voter Registration Act Compliance 06/01/2012
VR-FL-0168-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source:
Complaint 06/08/2012
VR-FL-0168-0001.pdf | Detail
Defendant Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s Motion to Dismiss 06/12/2012
VR-FL-0168-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Designation of Three-Judge Court 07/17/2012 (M.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0168-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Request for Three Judge Panel 07/27/2012
VR-FL-0168-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of Interest of the United States 07/27/2012
VR-FL-0168-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 09/17/2012 (M.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0168-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dubina, Joel Fredrick (Eleventh Circuit, M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
VR-FL-0168-0003
Moody, James S. Jr. (M.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0168-0004
Pizzo, Mark A. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
VR-FL-0168-9000
Whittemore, James D. (M.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0168-0004 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Wilson, Charles R. (Eleventh Circuit, M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
VR-FL-0168-0004
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ebenstein, Julie A. (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Kengle, Robert A. (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-0006 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Lindenbaum, Dara (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Marshall, Randall C (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-0006 | VR-FL-0168-9000
McCarthy, Edward Robert (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-9000
McDonald, Moffatt Laughlin (Georgia)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-0006 | VR-FL-0168-9000
O'Connor, Katie (Georgia)
VR-FL-0168-0001 | VR-FL-0168-0002 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Soto, Edward (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-0006 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carvin, Michael (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0005 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Davis, Ashley E. (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-0005 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Gore, John M. (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0005 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Nordby, Daniel E. (Florida)
VR-FL-0168-0005 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Other Lawyers Garrett, Jenigh Juliette (New York)
VR-FL-0168-0007 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Herren, T. Christian Jr. (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0007
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0007
Russ, John Albert IV (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0007 | VR-FL-0168-9000
Shore, Elise S. (District of Columbia)
VR-FL-0168-0007

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