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Case Name Texas Democratic Party v. DeBeauvoir VR-TX-0448
Docket / Court D-1-GN-20-001610 ( State Court )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Special Collection COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Case Summary
COVID-19 Summary: In this case, the Texas Democratic Party sued the Texas Secretary of State to allow all eligible voters to cast their ballot by mail. On April 15, 2020, Judge Tim Sulak issued a temporary injunction expanding access to mail in ballots to those with concerns about COVID-19 and in ... read more >
COVID-19 Summary: In this case, the Texas Democratic Party sued the Texas Secretary of State to allow all eligible voters to cast their ballot by mail. On April 15, 2020, Judge Tim Sulak issued a temporary injunction expanding access to mail in ballots to those with concerns about COVID-19 and in person voting. The defendants appealed and the plaintiffs sought enforcement of the injunction. The court of appeals found for the plaintiffs and the defendants appealed to the Supreme Court of Texas. On June 9, the case was dismissed.


On March 20, 2020, the Texas Democratic Party filed this lawsuit in the Travis County Texas State Court. The plaintiffs sued Ruth Hughs in her capacity as Texas Secretary of State and the Travis County Clerk under state law. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief that would allow all eligible voters, regardless of age and physical condition, to cast their ballot by mail, if they believed their health was in danger under the threat of COVID-19.

On April 15, 2020, Judge Tim Sulak issued a temporary injunction, expanding the definition of "disability" to include individuals with concerns about COVID-19 and in-person voting. The court scheduled another hearing for July 27 to determine what happens after the July elections. The defendants appealed, and the case was moved from the Third Court of Appeals to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals on May 6.

On May 5, the plaintiffs sought enforcement of the temporary injunction or an order that the trial court’s injunction remains in effect until the appeal. The defendants appealed to the Supreme Court of Texas on May 13. On May 14, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas granted the plaintiff's motion for temporary orders and ordered that the trial court’s temporary injunction remained in effect until the appeal. The Supreme Court of Texas stayed this order.

On June 9, the case was dismissed.

Cedar Hobbs - 03/22/2020
Averyn Lee - 06/13/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Medical/Mental Health
COVID-19 Mitigation Granted
COVID-19 Mitigation Requested
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Election administration
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Texas
Plaintiff Description Texas Democratic Party
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 03/20/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Texas Democratic Party v. Hughs
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State Unviersity)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Texas Democratic Party v. DeBeauvoir
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: ACLU
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Plaintiffs' Original Petition
VR-TX-0448-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/20/2020
Plaintiffs' Notice of Partial Nonsuit Without Prejudice
VR-TX-0448-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/25/2020
State of Texas's Plea in Intervention
VR-TX-0448-0020.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/2020
Petition in Intervention
VR-TX-0448-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/01/2020
Source: ACLU
Application for Temporary Injunction
VR-TX-0448-0021.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/06/2020
State of Texas's Plea to the Jurisdiction
VR-TX-0448-0022.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/07/2020
Defendant Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir's Counter-Petition to Align Early Voting Periods (Part 1/3)
VR-TX-0448-0029.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2020
Defendant Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir's Counter-Petition to Align Early Voting Periods (Part 2/3)
VR-TX-0448-0030.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2020
Defendant Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir's Counter-Petition to Align Early Voting Periods (Part 3/3)
VR-TX-0448-0031.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2020
Memorandum in Support of Application for Temporary Injunction and Response to the State of Texas' Plea to the Jurisdiction
VR-TX-0448-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
Source: ACLU
Defendant Travis County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvoir's Original Answer
VR-TX-0448-0023.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
Response to the Plea to the Jurisdiction Filed by Intervenor State of Texas
VR-TX-0448-0024.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
Plaintiffs' Brief in Support of its Application for Temporary Injunction
VR-TX-0448-0025.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
Amicus Brief of Harris County, Texas
VR-TX-0448-0026.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
State of Texas's Response to Plaintiff-Intervenors' Application for Temporary Injunction
VR-TX-0448-0027.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
State of Texas's First Amended Response to Plaintiff-Intervenors' Application for Temporary Injunction
VR-TX-0448-0028.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2020
Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Defendant Dana Debeauvoir's Counter-Petition to Align Early Voting Periods
VR-TX-0448-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/14/2020
Objections to Declarations
VR-TX-0448-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/14/2020
Proposed Order
VR-TX-0448-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/14/2020
Defendant Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir's Notice to Correct Exhibit 1 to Counter-Petition
VR-TX-0448-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/14/2020
Order Modifying Certain Early Voting Procedures
VR-TX-0448-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/15/2020
Source: ACLU
Plaintiffs' and Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Joint Response to Intervenor-Defendant's Objections to Proposed Order
VR-TX-0448-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/16/2020
Texas's Objections to Plaintiffs' Proposed Order
VR-TX-0448-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/16/2020
Order on Application for Temporary Injunctions and Plea to the Jurisdiction
VR-TX-0448-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/17/2020
Source: ACLU
Notice of Interlocutory Appeal
VR-TX-0448-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/17/2020
Appellees Plaintiffs' and Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Verified Motion for Emergency Relief
VR-TX-0448-0006.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 05/05/2020
Source: ACLU
Appellant's Brief for the State of Texas
VR-TX-0448-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2020
Intervenor-Appellant's Response to Appellees Plaintiffs' and Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Verified Motion for Emergency Relief
VR-TX-0448-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2020
Reply in Support of Appellees Plaintiffs' and Intervenor-Plaintiffs' Verified Motion for Emergency Relief
VR-TX-0448-0017.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2020
Amicus on Motion for Emergency Relief
VR-TX-0448-0018.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2020
Order (2020 WL 3022949)
VR-TX-0448-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/14/2020
Source: ACLU
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Judges Poissant, Margaret Court not on record show/hide docs
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Sulak, Tim Court not on record show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Brazil, Kemble Scott (Texas) show/hide docs
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Buser-Clancy, Thomas Paul (Texas) show/hide docs
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Dunn, Chad W (Texas) show/hide docs
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Golando, Martin (Texas) show/hide docs
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Gonzalez, Joaquin Robert (Texas) show/hide docs
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Grigg, Dicky (Texas) show/hide docs
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Ho, Dale E. (New York) show/hide docs
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Lakin, Sophia L. (New York) show/hide docs
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Marziani, Mimi Murray Digby (Texas) show/hide docs
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Saldivar, Edgar (Texas) show/hide docs
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Segura, Andre (Texas) show/hide docs
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Stevens, Rebecca (Texas) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Abrams, Michael (Texas) show/hide docs
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Albright, Thomas A. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Bangert, Ryan L (Texas) show/hide docs
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Escamilla, David A. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Frederick, Matthew Hamilton (Texas) show/hide docs
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Hawkins, Kyle (Texas) show/hide docs
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Mackin, Anne Marie (Texas) show/hide docs
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Mateer, Jeffrey C (Texas) show/hide docs
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McCarty, Darren L (Texas) show/hide docs
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Paxton, Ken (Texas) show/hide docs
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Pettit, Lenora C. (Texas) show/hide docs
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Thomas, Sherine Elizabeth (Texas) show/hide docs
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Veidt, Cynthia W (Texas) show/hide docs
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Williams, Andrew W (Texas) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Aiyer, Jay (Texas) show/hide docs
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Cole-Cortez, Kay Cee (Texas) show/hide docs
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Hays, Susan (Texas) show/hide docs
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Holder, Matt (Texas) show/hide docs
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