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Case Name Texas v. Holder VR-DC-1167
Docket / Court 1:2012cv00128 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Attorney Organization Advancement Project
MALDEF
Case Summary
This case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the State of Texas on January 24, 2012, which sought judicial approval of its voter ID law. Texas was required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to seek either U.S. Department of Justice or federal court " ... read more >
This case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the State of Texas on January 24, 2012, which sought judicial approval of its voter ID law. Texas was required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to seek either U.S. Department of Justice or federal court "preclearance" of the law, prior to its implementation. The U.S. Department of Justice opposed preclearance. On August 30, 2012, a three-judge federal district court denied the necessary approval, because Texas had not demonstrated that the law would not harm the voting opportunities of minority voters. In an opinion by Justice Tatel, the court emphasized that not every voter ID would fail under Section 5. In fact, the court stated, "voter laws might well be precleared if they ensure (1) that all prospective voters can easily obtain free photo ID, and (2) that any underlying documents required to obtain that ID are truly free of charge." In Texas, however, this was not the case: "The State of Texas enacted a voter ID law that--at least to our knowledge--is the most stringent in the country. That law will almost certainly have retrogressive effect: it imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas are disproportionately likely to live in poverty. And crucially, the Texas legislature defeated several amendments that could have made this a far closer case." 888 F.Supp.2d 113.

On December 17, 2012, the court entered judgment against Texas. The case was stayed until the United States Supreme Court issued a final ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. Two days later, Texas appealed the judgment to the Supreme Court.

On June 27, 2013, the Supreme Court vacated the judgment and remanded the case for further consideration in light of Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S.Ct. 2612, in which the Court had held that the Voting Rights Act's preclearance requirement was unconstitutional. Texas v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2886 (2013).

On remand, the three-judge District Court dismissed all claims on August 27, 2013.

Some defendant-intervenors sought award of attorney fees and costs. On August 11, 2014, the District Court (Rosemary M. Collyer) held that defendant-intervenors were not a prevailing party and were not entitled to attorney fees and costs. 63 F. Supp. 3d 54 (D.D.C. 2014).

Jessica Kincaid - 03/15/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Voting access
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Race
Black
Voting
Voter id
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Voting Rights Act, section 5, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c
Defendant(s) U.S.
Plaintiff Description State of Texas
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Advancement Project
MALDEF
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2012
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:2012cv00128 (D.D.C.)
VR-DC-1167-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Expedited Complaint for Declaratory Judgment [ECF# 1]
VR-DC-1167-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/24/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Expedited Complaint for Declaratory Judgment [ECF# 16-1]
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Date: 03/12/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [3-Judge Court] [ECF# 340] (888 F.Supp.2d 113) (D.D.C.)
VR-DC-1167-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/30/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 365] (D.D.C.)
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Date: 12/17/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 365] (D.D.C.)
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Date: 12/17/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [ECF# 377] (133 S.Ct. 2886)
VR-DC-1167-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/29/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (63 F.Supp.3d 54) (D.D.C.)
VR-DC-1167-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/11/2014
Source: Bloomberg Law
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