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Gilby v. Hughs

Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Texas Democratic Party, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and a Texas college student challenging the constitutionality of a Texas law that limits the ability of county election administrators to provide temporary early voting locations to offer early voting opportunities for groups with limited access to transportation, including students. The complaint alleges that this law violates the First, 14th and 26th Amendments by imposing an unconstitutional burden on the voting rights of students. After the district court denied the Texas secretary of state’s motion to dismiss based on a defense of sovereign immunity, the secretary appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 5th Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of sovereign immunity and remanded the case with instructions to dismiss.

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