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Indiana Voter Purge

League of Women Voters of Indiana v. Sullivan

Consolidated case filed by voting rights groups challenging two iterations of an Indiana law that purged voters’ registrations without providing adequate written confirmation and notice procedures in violation of the NVRA. The district court enjoined, and the Seventh Circuit upheld, the state from implementing the first purge law, Senate Enrolled Act 442. Indiana then enacted a similar law, SEA 334, which was fundamentally the same as the prohibited law. The district court struck down the new law and the Seventh Circuit affirmed, finding that “Just like Act 442, Act 334 impermissibly allows Indiana to cancel a voter’s registration without either direct communication from the voter or compliance with the NVRA’s notice-and-waiting procedures.” The case is remanded to the district court, which much narrow its permanent injunction related to the law.


Indiana Precinct Consolidation

Indiana State Conference of NAACP v. Lawson

Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and individual voters challenging Indiana Senate Bill 220, which mandated the consolidation of all precincts in Lake County, IN with fewer than 600 active voters, which would have required the County to close most of the precincts in several majority-minority cities. The entities charged with the task of adopting a precinct consolidation plan under the law did not adopt or implement a plan by the statutory deadlines. In addition, as a result of this litigation, the state legislature passed a law providing that any precinct consolidation plan adopted pursuant to the law would not take effect until 2019. Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit as a result.