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Court Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction to Protect Voter Registration

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Court Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction to Protect Voter Registration

Adam Sparks represented the Fair Elections Legal Network pro bono to fine an amicus euriae brief arguing in favor of a preliminary injunction barring voter suppression efforts in Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama. Just a day after oral argument, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction, in effect requiring the elimination of  language in the National Mail Voter Registration Form that required new applicants to provide documentary proof of their U.S. citizenship to register to vote. The Court held that the appellants were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that Election Assistance Commission staff acted without proper authority in reversing the Commission’s long-held position that documentary proof of citizenship was not necessary to enforce state voter registration laws. (See League of Women Voters of US, et al. v. Brian Newby, et al., 671 F. App’x 820(D.C. Cir. 2016)); (See League of Women Voters of US, et al. v. Brian Newby, et al., 838 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2016)).

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