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
runnoff elections and that Georgia's electoral system therefore violates UOCAVA.
On June 27, 2012, the Department filed a complaint against
the State of Georgia under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), alleging
that Georgia's procedures are inadequate to ensure that its UOCAVA voters can participate fully in the
state's Aug. 21, 2012, federal primary runoff election, should one be necessary. Under Georgia's
election calendar official runoff election ballots will not be available to be sent until after
UOCAVA's deadline of July 7, 2012, the 45th day before this year's primary runoff election. On
June 27, the Department also 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 are afforded
a full opportunity to participate in the August 21, 2012 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.
Changes for electronic submissions of voting changes under
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973c.