UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
April 20, 2012
MARTIN DEKOM, KENNETH JACOBY, AND ROBERT PENDLETON, PLAINTIFFS,
NEW YORK, ANDREW CUOMO, GOVERNOR, ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL, NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, JAMES WALSH, COMMISSIONER, EVELYN AQUILA, COMMISSIONER, DOUGLAS KELLNER, COMMISSIONER, GREGORY P. PETERSON, COMMISSIONER, NASSAU COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, LOUIS SAVINETTI, REPUBLICAN COMMISSIONER, AND WILLIAM BIAMONTE, DEMOCRATIC COMMISSIONER, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Seybert, District Judge:
Presently pending before the Court is pro se Plaintiffs' request for "CM/ECF access." Plaintiffs' request is DENIED with leave to refile for two reasons. First, the request does not contain Plaintiffs' signatures. See FED. R. CIV. P. 11(a) ("Every pleading, written motion, and other paper shall be signed by at least one attorney of record . . . or, if the party is not represented by an attorney, shall be signed by the party.") Since a non-attorney pro se may not represent another's interests, see Iannacone v. Law, 142 F.3d 553, 558 (2d Cir. 1998), each Plaintiff must sign any future requests, pleadings, or papers submitted on their behalf.
Second, it is unclear what Plaintiffs mean by "CM/ECF privilege." The Court will not grant Plaintiffs the ability to file documents electronically. However, the Court would entertain a properly filed request to have Plaintiffs' email addresses added to the docket so that they receive electronic notification of future filings (as opposed to service via first class mail).
The Clerk of the Court is directed to mail a copy of this Order to the pro se Plaintiffs.
Joanna Seybert, U.S.D.J.
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