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Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

Posted on July 21, 2016, 4:38 pm

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

Federal Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in WI Voter ID Case

Posted on July 19, 2016, 5:57 pm

In a case on remand from the Seventh Circuit, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a decision granting plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, easing voter ID requirements imposed by Wisconsin law. Under Judge Adelman\'s order, voters who have difficulty obtaining a requisite ID after reasonable effort can vote once they submit an affidavit swearing they are eligible voters and specifying a reason for their inability to obtain photo ID. The case is Frank v. Walker.

Federal Judge Strikes Down VA Law Regarding Delegates at Convention

Posted on July 13, 2016, 12:19 pm

In an opinion released Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Payne struck down a Virginia law that restricts the voting activity of Virginia delegates at national political party conventions. The plaintiff, Virginia delegate Beau Correll, plans to vote for a candidate other than presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, and argued that the Virginia law would impose criminal penalties on him if he did so. The case is Correll v. Herring.

D.C. Federal Judge Denies Attempt to Block States' Use of Proof of Citizenship Requirement

Posted on July 1, 2016, 9:11 am

D.C.-based U.S. District Judge Richard Leon recently issued an opinion denying an attempt to block Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas from requiring proof of citizenship from voters using the National Mail Voter Registration Form. Judge Leon denied the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, but will consider the merits of the parties\' arguments in full at a later stage of the litigation. The case is League of Women Voters v. Newby.


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