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Case Name Project Vote/Voting for America v. Long VR-VA-0062
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-00075-RBS-DEM ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Case Summary
On February 16, 2010, Project Vote, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize underrepresented voters, brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Virginia against the state of Virginia. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the state's ... read more >
On February 16, 2010, Project Vote, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize underrepresented voters, brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Virginia against the state of Virginia. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the state's refusal to turn over certain voting records violated the rights granted to them under the National Voter Registration Act.

At the district level, arguments focused on whether Project Vote had appropriate standing and whether voter registration applications were accessible under the NVRA's public disclosure provision. The District Court (Judge Rebecca Smith) denied the state's motion to dismiss, finding in favor of the plaintiffs on each of those points (752 F.Supp.2d 697). Using the same logic, the District Court later granted a motion for summary judgment brought by the plaintiffs (813 F.Supp.2d 738), but also granted a stay pending appeal, holding that the defendant's and the public's injury without a stay outweighed the plaintiff's interest in immediate access to the records (275 F.R.D. 473).

The Fourth Circuit upheld the District Court's ruling, holding that voter registration applications were covered by the NVRA's general disclosure mandate (682 F.3d 331). On remand, the District Court determined appropriate attorney's fees (887 F.Supp.2d 704) and held that the injunction became effective on the day that the case was decided (889 F.Supp.2d 778).

Jonathan Forman - 06/23/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Voting access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Election administration
Voter registration rules
Causes of Action State law
National Voter Registration Act ("Motor Voter law"), 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) State of Virginia
Plaintiff Description Non-partisan voting rights group seeking access to specific voter registration records
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2013 - 2015
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:10-cv-00075-RBS-DEM (E.D. Va.) 01/31/2013
VR-VA-0062-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 02/16/2010
VR-VA-0062-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Long and Rodrigues' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss 03/26/2010
VR-VA-0062-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and Supporting Memorandum of Law 04/09/2010
VR-VA-0062-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Long and Rodrigues' Reply to Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 04/15/2010
VR-VA-0062-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff Project Vote's Response to the August 2, 2010 Submission by Defendants 08/04/2010
VR-VA-0062-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (denying defendant's motion to dismiss) 10/29/2010 (752 F.Supp.2d 697) (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment 01/31/2011
VR-VA-0062-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Elisa Long's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment 03/02/2011
VR-VA-0062-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Project Vote's Reply to Defendants' Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment 03/16/2011
VR-VA-0062-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (granting plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment) 07/20/2011 (813 F.Supp.2d 738) (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case 07/20/2011 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Stay Judgment 07/25/2011
VR-VA-0062-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Expedited Ruling 07/25/2011
VR-VA-0062-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (directing plaintiffs to file response to defendants' motion to stay judgment) 07/25/2011 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff Project Vote's Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Stay Pending Appeal 07/28/2011
VR-VA-0062-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Reply in Support of Motion to Stay Judgment 07/29/2011
VR-VA-0062-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (staying judgment) 08/01/2011 (275 F.R.D. 473) (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0018.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff Project Vote's Motion to Recover Attorneys' Fees and Costs 08/03/2011
VR-VA-0062-0019.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Order (staying recovery of costs/fees pending appeal) 08/10/2011 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 06/15/2012 (682 F.3d 331)
VR-VA-0062-0022.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 06/15/2012
VR-VA-0062-0023.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order 08/22/2012 (887 F.Supp.2d 704) (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0021.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Final Order 08/22/2012 (889 F.Supp.2d 778) (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0024.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 09/20/2012 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0025.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 01/07/2013
VR-VA-0062-0027.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/24/2013 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0026.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/30/2013 (E.D. Va.)
VR-VA-0062-0028.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Miller, Douglas E. Court not on record
VR-VA-0062-9000
Smith, Rebecca Beach (E.D. Va.) [Magistrate]
VR-VA-0062-0007 | VR-VA-0062-0011 | VR-VA-0062-0015 | VR-VA-0062-0018 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-0021 | VR-VA-0062-0024 | VR-VA-0062-0028 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Wilkinson, James Harvie III (Fourth Circuit)
VR-VA-0062-0022
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bhalotra, Chhaya Malik (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-9000
Hallward-Driemeier, Douglas Harry (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-0008 | VR-VA-0062-0010 | VR-VA-0062-0016 | VR-VA-0062-0019 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Heard, Bradley Erik (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Idilbi, Jason Grassan (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-0008 | VR-VA-0062-9000
James, Teresa (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-9000
Malone, Ryan Morland (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-0008 | VR-VA-0062-0010 | VR-VA-0062-0016 | VR-VA-0062-0019 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-0026 | VR-VA-0062-0028 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Mellor, Brian Williams (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-9000
Ripa, Augustine Martin (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-0008 | VR-VA-0062-0010 | VR-VA-0062-0016 | VR-VA-0062-0019 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Sheffield, Yolanda (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Stewart, David O. (District of Columbia)
VR-VA-0062-0002 | VR-VA-0062-0004 | VR-VA-0062-0006 | VR-VA-0062-0008 | VR-VA-0062-0010 | VR-VA-0062-0016 | VR-VA-0062-0019 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cuccinelli, Kenneth T. II (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017
Ehrich, Lisa (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0003 | VR-VA-0062-0005 | VR-VA-0062-0009 | VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017 | VR-VA-0062-0020
Getchell, Earle Duncan Jr. (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017
Hall, Stephen Michael (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0003 | VR-VA-0062-0005 | VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017 | VR-VA-0062-0020 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Lief, Joshua Noah (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0026 | VR-VA-0062-0028 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Rosen, Jeff Wayne (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0003 | VR-VA-0062-0005 | VR-VA-0062-0009 | VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017 | VR-VA-0062-0026 | VR-VA-0062-0028 | VR-VA-0062-9000
Russell, Wesley G. Jr. (Virginia)
VR-VA-0062-0013 | VR-VA-0062-0014 | VR-VA-0062-0017
Other Lawyers None on record

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