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US Student Ass'n Found. v. Land, 08-2352

Defendants-Michigan officals' emergency motion to stay a preliminary injunction ordering them to refrain from rejecting a voter's registration when that voter's identification card is returned to election officials as undeliverable, and to reinstate registrations that have been rejected pursuant to such practice since January 1, 2006, is denied where: 1) Michigan's undeliverable-voter-ID-card practice likely violates the clear language of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and thus defendants did not show they were likely to succeed on the merits; 2) the only harm to defendants that they asserted was an administrative burden that they admitted was manageable; and 3) the factors of substantial harm to others and the public interest also weighed against granting a stay.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/30/2008
  • Published 10/30/2008


  • Before:  MOORE and WHITE, Circuit Judges;  VINSON, District Judge.


  • United States Sixth Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Matthew J. Lund, Mary K. Deon, Deborah T. Kovsky-Apap, Pepper Hamilton, Detroit, MI, Bradley E. Heard, Advancement Project, Washington, DC, for Plaintiff-Appellees., Heather S. Meingast, Denise C. Barton, Michigan Attorney General's Office, Lansing, MI, for Defendants-Appellants., John M. Barr, Ypsilanti, MI, for Defendant.