United States Eleventh Circuit

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Common Cause/Georgia v. Billups, 07-14664, 08-10432

In a suit brought by the NAACP and Georgia voters challenging the state's voter ID laws, a ruling dismissing the case is vacated in part, but judgment is rendered for election officials, where: 1) contrary to the ruling below, plaintiffs had standing for the action; 2) based on Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 128 S. Ct. 1610 (2008), the burden imposed by the photo ID requirement is outweighed by the interests of Georgia in safeguarding the right to vote; and 3) the NAACP and voters were prevailing parties as to a preliminary injunction against an earlier statute that charged a fee for a voter ID card.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/14/2009
  • Published 01/14/2009

Judges

  • PRYOR, Circuit Judge:, Before BIRCH and PRYOR, Circuit Judges, and STROM, District Judge.

Court

  • United States Eleventh Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Emmet J. Bondurant, David G.H. Brackett, Jason JAmes Carter, Sarah M. Shalf, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, Lauren T. Estrin, Miles J. Alexander, Seth A. Cohen, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Neil Bradley, Laughlin McDonald, Meredith Bell-Platts, ACLU Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, Edward Hine, Jr., Hine & Twyman, PC, Rome, GA, Daniel B. Kohrman, AARP Foundation Lit., Washington, DC, for Plaintiffs-Appellants., Sidney S. Rosdeitcher, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York City, for Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Mark H. Cohen, Troutman Sanders, Dennis R. Dunn, State of GA Law Dept., Anne Ware Lewis, Strickland, Brockinton, Lewis, LLP, Atlanta, GA, Christopher Lee Corbin, Farrar & Corbin, P.C., Summerville, GA, for Defendants-Appellees.