On September 30, 2013, a complaint was filed in United States v. State of North Carolina,
No. 1:13;cv-00861 (M.D.N.C.). The press release is available here.
On August 22, 2013, a complaint was filed in United States v. State of Texas;
No. 2:13-cv-00263 (S.D. Tex.). The press release is available here.
On August 22, 2013, a motion to intervene and complaint in intervention was filed
in Perez v. Perry, No. 5:11-cv-360 (W.D. Tex.). The press release is available
On July 11, 2013, the court issued a remedial order granting the
Department's request for permanent injunctive relief and revising Georgia's election calendar to
comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). On April 30, 2013, the
court granted summary judgment for the United States holding that
the 45-day deadline in Section 102(a)(8) of UOCAVA applies to federal runoff elections and that Georgia's
electoral system therefore violated UOCAVA. On June 27, 2012, the Department filed a complaint
against the State of Georgia under UOCAVA, alleging that Georgia's procedures were inadequate to ensure
that its UOCAVA voters could participate fully in the state's Aug. 21, 2012, federal primary runoff
election. Under Georgia's election calendar official runoff election ballots would not have been
available to be sent until after UOCAVA's deadline of July 7, 2012, the 45th day before this year's
primary runoff election. Also on June 27, the Department moved for a temporary restraining order and
preliminary injunction seeking an order,
which was granted on July 5, requiring Georgia to take certain steps necessary to ensure that all
affected UOCAVA voters were afforded a full opportunity to participate in the August federal primary runoff election.
On January 10, 2013, the Department filed a complaint against
the State of Illinois under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), along with
a proposed consent decree and joint motion for entry of the decree. The complaint alleges that Illinois
would fail to provide UOCAVA voters with absentee ballots that have a final list of certified candidates
by January 12, the 45th day prior to the February 26 Federal special primary election for the Second
Congressional District in Illinois, nor would Illinois be able to provide absentee ballots to UOCAVA
voters by February 23, the 45th day prior to the April 9 Federal special election. For both special
elections, the consent decree provides the deadlines for mailing UOCAVA ballots; prescribes
the ballot receipt deadline for UOCAVA voters; requires Illinois to provide express mail, facsimile,
and e-mail options for the delivery and receipt of UOCAVA ballots; and provides notice, counting, and
reporting requirements related to UOCAVA ballots. The consent
decree, which was signed by the court on January 11, also specifies that Illinois will also take
actions as are necessary to assure that UOCAVA voters shall have a fair and reasonable opportunity
to participate in future Federal elections, including actions needed to fully remedy any potential
UOCAVA violations arising from Illinois law governing the State's special election calendar.
On July 12, 2011, the Department filed a complaint against the State of
Louisiana. The complaint alleges that the State and its public assistance and disability agencies violated
the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) by failing to offer voter registration opportunities at
public assistance agencies and offices providing state-funded disability programs for persons with disabilities
throughout the state.