Black Voters Matter Fund et al v. Raffensperger et al
FINAL JUDGMENT AND ORDER in favor of Defendants against Plaintiffs. Signed by Judge Amy Totenberg on 8/28/2020. --Please refer to http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov to obtain an appeals jurisdiction checklist--(jpk)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
BLACK VOTERS MATTER FUND, et )
) Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-1489-AT
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER, in his
official capacity as Secretary of State of )
Georgia, et al.,
FINAL JUDGMENT AND ORDER
Plaintiffs Black Voters Matter Fund and Individual Plaintiffs (collectively,
“Plaintiffs”) filed this action against Defendants Secretary of State (“Secretary”)
and the Dekalb County Board of Registration & Elections (“DeKalb BOR”)1 (on
behalf of all similarly situated county boards of elections) (collectively, including
In their Amended Complaint [Doc. 88], Plaintiffs added Defendants Anthony
Lewis, Susan Motter, Dele Lowman Smith, Samuel E. Tillman, Baoky Vu, each in
their respective capacities as members of the DeKalb BOR, and Erica Hamilton, in
her official capacity as the Director of the DeKalb County Board of Registration
and Elections (collectively, the “Individual Defendants”), as defendants in this
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the proposed defendant class and the Individual Defendants, “Defendants”). The
Original and First Amended Complaint both alleged two causes of action. Doc. 1 at
17-19; Doc. 88 at 22-25. Count 1 (“the poll tax claim”) alleged that requiring
voters to pay for their own postage to submit absentee ballot applications and
absentee ballots (“the postage requirement”) constituted a poll tax in violation of
the Twenty-Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
Count 2 (“the Anderson-Burdick claim”) alleged that the postage requirement
constituted an unjustifiable burden on the right to vote in violation of the First and
Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
On August 11, 2020, the Court granted the Secretary’s Motion to Dismiss
Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint, Doc. 90, as to the poll tax claim for the reasons set
forth in Doc. 139. Pursuant to the Eleventh Circuit’s guidance in Perry v.
Schumacher Grp. of Louisiana, 891 F.3d 954 (11th Cir. 2018), Plaintiffs
subsequently submitted an Unopposed Motion to File a Second Amended
Complaint, Doc. 140, which eliminated the Anderson-Burdick claim. The Court
granted Plaintiffs’ unopposed motion. Because all claims in this action have now
effectively been dismissed in accordance with Perry, the Court hereby enters final
judgment in this matter.
It is hereby ORDERED that:
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1. Final judgment is entered in favor of Defendants and against Plaintiffs in
accordance with the Court’s August 10, 2020 Opinion and Order, Doc. 139,
as well as the Court’s grant of leave to file a Second Amended Complaint.
2. Each party shall bear her, his or its own costs and fees in this case.
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case.
SO ORDERED this 28th day of August, 2020.
United States District Judge
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AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA, INC.
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Atlanta, GA 30357
Telephone: (678) 981-5295
Sophia Lin Lakin*
Dale E. Ho*
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
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New York, NY 10004
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
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