Thompson v. Kemp
Eleven Democratic voters filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia claiming that the 2015 state house plan violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs claim that Republicans in the General Assembly redesigned two state legislative districts – House Districts 105 and 111— during a mid-decade redistricting to decrease the influence of African-American voting strength. The group also contends that Republicans improperly failed to draw a legislative district in the Atlanta area that could have elected an African-American candidate.
The plaintiffs have asked the court to invalidate the districts and mandate the creation of at least one majority-minority district in the metro-Atlanta area.
On October 6, the defendant, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, filed a motion to consolidate the case with Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Georgia on the grounds that both cases challenge the same legislation and assert claims that are premised on the same or closely related legal theories.
On November 13, Defendant Brian Kemp filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' discriminatory intent claim and violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act claim, and raised standing objections. The court has yet to rule on the motion.
After the court consolidated this case with Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Georgia, the court ordered discovery to begin on the racial gerrymandering claims. Discovery is schedule to conclude on February 16, 2018.
District Court Documents
- Complaint (October 3, 2017)
- Notice of Claim of Unconstitutionality (October 3, 2017)
- Notice of Related Case (October 6, 2017)
- Order (October 12, 2017)
- Plaintiffs' Notice Regarding Consolidation (October 25, 2017)
- Order (October 27, 2017)
- First Amended Complaint (October 27, 2017)
- Order on Motion to Consolidate Cases (November 1, 2017)
- Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Thompson Plaintiffs' First Amendment Claims in Party (November 13, 2017)
- Proposed Scheduling Order of Defendant Brian Kemp (November 16, 2017)
- Motion for Expedited Entry of Plaintiffs Proposed Scheduling Order and Memorandum in Support (November 17, 2017)
- Scheduling Order (November 20, 2017)
- Defendants' Motion for Slight Modification of Scheduling Order (November 20, 2017)
- Thompson Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss (November 27, 2017)
- Scheduling Order (November 28, 2017)
- Defendants' Reply Brief in Support of Partial Motion to Dismiss (December 11, 2017)