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28-Motion for Intervention of Judicial Watch, Inc. and True the Vote; Memorandum of Support; And Request to Expedite

28-Motion for Intervention of Judicial Watch, Inc. and True the Vote; Memorandum of Support; And Request to Expedite

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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on Jun 26, 2012
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDATALLAHASSEEDIVISION
______________________________________)THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ))
Plaintiff 
, ))v. ) Case No. 4:12cv285-RH/CAS)STATE OF FLORIDA and KEN DETZNER, )Secretary of State, in his official capacity, ))
 Defendants
. )______________________________________ )
MOTION FOR INTERVENTION OF JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. ANDTRUE THE VOTE; MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT;AND REQUEST TO EXPEDITE
Judicial Watch, Inc., and True the Vote (collectively “ProposedInterveners”) respectfully move this Court for leave to intervene pursuant toFederal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(a) and (b).
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As grounds therefore, ProposedInterveners state as follows:
I. INTRODUCTION.
In this case, Plaintiff asks the Court to enjoin the State of Florida fromcontinuing its efforts to maintain the accuracy of its voter rolls as required bySection 8
of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”), 42 U.S.C. §
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A proposed Answer in Intervention is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.
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1973gg-6. Plaintiff seeks this relief on the
grounds that the State of Florida’s listmaintenance efforts are too close in time to the August 14, 2012 primary andtherefore are prohibited by NVRA. Proposed Interveners respectfully submit thatPlaintiff is wrong.Proposed Interveners seek to enter this lawsuit in order to demonstrate that,not only are the State of Florida’s list maintenance activities valid, proper, andtimely, but that they also are required under federal law. Intervention will ensurethat the organizational interests of Proposed Intervener True the Vote and therights and interest of the members of Proposed Intervener Judicial Watch, Inc., areadequately protected and preserved.
II. BACKGROUND.
Plaintiff filed its Complaint on June 12, 2012. In its Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that the State of Florida is violating the NVRA and asks for an injunctionpreventing what Plaintiff characterizes as “the systemic removal of registeredvoters within 90 days of all elections for Federal office” pursuant to certain“database matching procedures.” Named as defendants in Plaintiff’s Complaintare the State of Florida and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, in his officialcapacity.On June 15, 2012, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Temporary Restraining Orderrequesting that the Court temporarily halt the State of Florida’s list maintenance
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efforts – allegedly to preserve the status quo – even though Plaintiff cannotidentify a single Florida voter who has actually been removed from the voterregistration rolls. By order dated June 19, 2012, the Court directed Defendants tofile their response to Plaintiff’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order on orbefore June 25, 2012.
III. PROPOSED INTERVENERS.
Judicial Watch, Inc. (“Judicial Watch”), is a non-profit organization thatseeks to promote integrity, transparency, and accountability in government andfidelity to the rule of law. Judicial Watch seeks to intervene in this action onbehalf of its members who are registered to vote in the State of Florida.True the Vote is a non-profit organization that seeks to restore truth, faith,and integrity to local, state, and federal elections. True the Vote seeks to intervenein this action in its individual, organizational capacity.
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Proposed Intervener Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch is a membership organization. A person becomes a memberby making a financial contribution, in any amount, to Judicial Watch. Members’financial contributions are by far the single most important source of income toJudicial Watch and provide the means for financing the activities of theorganization. As a direct benefit to its members, Judicial Watch regularly fileslawsuits and involves itself in litigation against government agencies and
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