Consent Judgment And Decree

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
ATLANTA DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,                                   

                 P1aintiff,                    &nbsp                                                      CIVIL ACTION NO.

         v.                                                                                              06 CV 2442

THE STATE OF GEORGIA and                                     
CATHY COX, Secretary of State                                
of Georgia,                                                                           

                 Defendants.                                                     


       The United Stated filed the Complaint in this action on this date pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 1974b and 1974d, which authorize the Attorney General of the United States to bring suit when a jurisdiction fails to maintain and/or make available all records and papers relating to voter registration for federal elections. The Attorney General alleges that the defendants violated 42 U.S.C. § 1974b by failing to make available upon written demand the Georgia voter registration list with any social security numbers collected by the state for voter registration purposes, for inspection, reproduction and copying. The defendants seek a declaration authorizing such inspection, reproduction and copying from a Court of the United States.        The parties are desirous of resolving this matter without the need for litigation. Accordingly, they have engaged in good faith negotiations and have agreed to the terms of this Consent Judgment and Decree as an appropriate resolution of all claims alleged in this litigation.        This Court has jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of this litigation. This agreement is final and binding between the parties, their successors in office, and their agents regarding the claims raised in this action.        Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that:        1.  Defendants are enjoined to take the actions specified below to comply with 42 U.S.C. § 1974b and to make available to the United States all records and papers relating to voter registration for federal elections, specifically the State's voter registration list, including Social Security numbers that the State has collected for voter registration purposes.

PROVISION OF INFORMATION BY THE STATE

       2.  Defendants shall immediately make available to the United States the full statewide voter registration list including each registered voters' full name, address, birth date and all additional voter identification information, including social security numbers or drivers license numbers as collected by the State for voter application and registration purposes. The State shall produce such data in electronic format on a CD-ROM or DVD formatted in consultation and full agreement with the United States.

SCOPE OF USE OF INFORMATION

       3.  The United States shall use the voter registration list information to assess the state's compliance with the federal voting laws, including, but not limited to, the National Voter Registration Act, 42 U.S.C. §1973gg et seq. ("NVRA") and the Help America Vote Act of 2002, 42 U.S.C. § 15301 et seq. ("HAVA").        4.  Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1974c, unless otherwise ordered by a court of the United States, neither the Attorney General, nor any employee of the Department of Justice, nor any other representative of the Attorney General, shall disclose any record or paper produced pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1974, or any reproduction or copy, except to Congress and any committee thereof, or in the presentation of any case or proceeding before any court or grand jury.        5.  The United States shall retain any and all records concerning the subject matter of this Decree during the term of its use of the information, and shall then destroy the information and any copies pursuant to appropriate and approved Department of Justice procedures for destruction of sensitive data.        6.  In the event that the United States identifies information indicating an issue as to compliance with federal law, the United States agrees to provide the State with such information as is necessary and appropriate to offer an opportunity to address and correct such issue. Provision of such information will not be deemed to waive any attorney-client or attorney work product privileges. Plaintiff retains the right to take legal redress at any time, if necessary, to compel the State and/or the Secretary of State to comply with federal law.        7.  Any notices sent by the respective parties pursuant to provisions of this Decree shall be sent to: For the United States: John K. Tanner
Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 7254-NWB
Washington, D.C. 20530
Phone: (800) 253-3931
Fax: (202) 307-3961
Email: robert.popper@usdoj.gov
Email: christy.mccormick@usdoj.gov
Email: nicole.marrone@usdoj.gov For the Defendants: Dennis R. Dunn, Esq.
Deputy Attorney General
Department of Law
State of Georgia
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5614
Fax: (404) 657-9932
Dennis.Dunn@LAW.State.GA.US        The provisions of this Decree shall expire on December 31, 2009. The Court retains jurisdiction of this action to enforce the terms of this Decree during the effective period of this Decree.        Entered this _27th__day of __October___, 2006.                                                        __________/s/___________________
                                                                 CLARENCE COOPER
                                                                      JUDGE Approved as to form and content: For the Plaintiff, United States of America:                                                                   ALBERTO GONZALES
                                                                  Attorney General By:                                                                   _______/s/______________
DAVID E. NAHMIAS                               WAN J. KIM
United States Attorney                                Assistant Attorney General
                                                                   Civil Rights Division
_______/s/_______________
SHARON D. STOKES
GA Bar No. 227475
Assistant U.S. Attorney                             ________/s/______________
                                                                  JOHN TANNER
                                                                  DC Bar No. 318873
                                                                  Chief, Voting Section                                                                   _________/s/______________
                                                                  ROBERT D. POPPER
                                                                  NY Bar No. 2357275
                                                                  Special Litigation Counsel
                                                                  CHRISTY A. McCORMICK
                                                                  VA Bar No. 44328
                                                                  NICOLE S. MARRONE
                                                                  PA Bar No. 89863
                                                                  Trial Attorneys
                                                                  Civil Rights Division
                                                                  U.S. Department of Justice
                                                                  Room 7254-NWB
                                                                  950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                                                                  Washington, DC 20530
                                                                  Telephone: 202-305-0526
                                                                  Facsimile: 202-307-3961                                                                   For the Defendants, the State of
                                                                  Georgia and Cathy Cox,
                                                                  Secretary of State,
                                                                  in her official capacity:
                                                                  Thurbert E. Baker
                                                                  Attorney General
                                                                  State of Georgia                                                                   _______/s/_____________
                                                                  Dennis R. Dunn
                                                                  Deputy Attorney General
                                                                  State of Georgia
                                                                  Department of Law
                                                                  40 Capitol Square SW
                                                                  Atlanta, GA 30334
                                                                  Telephone: 404-656-5614
                                                                  Facsimile: 404-657-9932 >
Updated August 6, 2015

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