Greenberg Traurig Successfully Represents Client in U.S. Supreme Court Absentee-Ballot Case

This month, NEC member Greenberg Traurig received a victory for absentee-ballot voting in a ruling handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court. Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig and former Mayor of Providence, RI, represented client Nellie M. Gorbea, Secretary of State of Rhode Island in Republican National Committee, et al., Applicants v. Common Cause Rhode Island, et al. (Case 20-1753).

The decision, issued on August 13, 2020, is the first post-COVID-19 change to electoral procedures. The Supreme Court denied the Republican National Committee a stay of a Consent Decree, upholding the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in a case about eliminating Rhode Island’s requirement that mail-in voters must sign their return envelope in front of either two witnesses or a public notary to have their votes counted. The ruling may have implications for other states changing their electoral procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This Supreme Court decision is a major victory for voting rights and for the health and safety of Rhode Island voters,” Taveras said. “I am proud to represent Nellie Gorbea and work with the Rhode Island Attorney General and the Rhode Island Board of Elections to make mail voting easier and safer.”

The New England Council commends Greenberg Traurig for their work on this unprecedented and historic legal decision. Read more from the Greenberg Traurig press release.

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