The Department of Justice today filed a motion to dismiss LaRoque v. Holder, CIR’s case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Right Act, on grounds that it is moot. Today’s motion is not unexpected — it follows the Attorney General’s decision on February 10 to purportedly withdraw his 2009 denial of preclearance of Kinston’s plans to implement a nonpartisan voting system. CIR does not believe the Attorney General’s late effort to reverse his 2009 decision moots the case, which raises a facial challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 as a whole.
- Read DOJ’s motion to dismiss
- Read Hans von Spakovsky’s post on National Review Online
- Read DOJ’s opposition brief to CIR’s appeal (filed 2-13-12)
- Read Intervenors’ opposition brief to CIR’s appeal
- Read CIR’s reply brief on merits of appeal
- Learn more about LaRoque v. Holder