Active Cases

Iowa Drop Box Restrictions

LULAC v. Pate

Challenging Iowa Secretary of State’s drop box restriction guidance that would only allow drop boxes at county auditors’ offices or on county property surrounding those offices. On behalf of League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa and Majority Forward, we asked the court to declare that voters can use county election drop boxes at any location.

Active Cases

Iowa COVID-19 Election Relief

LULAC of Iowa v. Pate

On behalf of LULAC of Iowa and Majority Forward, this lawsuit challenges a law passed in late June that prohibits election officials in Iowa from using the voter registration database to fill in any information missing from a voter’s absentee ballot request. This new rule puts an undue burden on voters who vote by mail, especially during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19.

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Iowa Voter ID

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Iowa Secretary of State 

State constitutional challenge, on behalf of LULAC of Iowa and a college-aged voter, to a 2017 Iowa law that instituted a voter identification requirement for in-person voting starting in 2019. In 2018, the trial court granted our motion for temporary injunction and enjoined the enforcement of the absentee ballot-related restrictions during the 2018 general election. The court then ruled in our favor, prohibiting the State from rejecting absentee applications and ballots based on a purported signature mismatch and also prohibiting the State from instructing voters that they were “required” to include an identification number on absentee ballot requests. The court further ordered the State to issue all voters a free voter identification card upon request.

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Iowa Absentee Ballots

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Iowa Secretary of State 

In 2018, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) challenging Iowa’s Secretary of State’s interpretation of absentee ballot review law. The Secretary forbade commissioners from using the voter registration system to track down missing information on an absentee ballot, making it almost impossible to notify voters of their opportunity to cure. In 2019, we won the case, and the court found the Secretary’s interpretation of the law to be “irrational, illogical, and wholly unjustifiable.”