Challenging Illegal Voter Intimidation in Minnesota: CAIR Minnesota v. Atlas Aegis

Free Speech For People represented the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota (CAIR-MN) and the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in a federal lawsuit against a private mercenary contractor, Atlas Aegis, for voter intimidation in Minnesota. The lawsuit alleged that Atlas Aegis’s plan to hire and deploy armed ex-soldiers to polling sites in the state constitutes illegal voter intimidation under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We obtained a preliminary injunction to stop the defendants’ unlawful conduct and to protect the fundamental right to vote in the 2020 election, and then reached a sweeping five-year consent decree to protect the right to vote in future elections. Free Speech For People was pleased to partner with the law firms of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, and Lathrop GPM LLP in this litigation.

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Challenging Illegal Voter Intimidation by the Trump Administration: Mi Familia Vota v. Trump

Free Speech For People represented Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and individual voters in a lawsuit against President Trump and members of the administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit was based on the defendants’ violent suppression of public protests opposing police brutality, the encouragement of white supremacist “vigilantes,” threats to send “sheriffs” and other law enforcement to the polls, the undermining of mail-in voting, and the rejection of the peaceful transfer of power. These actions constitute illegal voter intimidation under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and unconstitutional suppression of speech and votes under the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We sought a preliminary injunction restraining Trump and the other defendants from continuing to engage in this unconstitutional and illegal intimidation. Unfortunately, Senior Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied our motion.

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