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In a 5-4 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the District Court, which found that Alabama's redistricting plan did not violate the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution. The case is Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.
Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court today denied (see page three) the petition for writ of certiorari filed by opponents of Wisconsin's voter ID law in Frank v. Walker. The Court's order leaves in place the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting challenges to the law's constitutionality.
Federal District Judge Michael Watson issued an opinion and order granting the summary judgment motion of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, finding that an Ohio bill does not unconstitutionally burden the formation of minor political parties and the access of those parties' candidates to Ohio ballots. The case is Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Husted.
In an opinion released earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a Commonwealth Court decision finding that the state's use of direct electronic voting machines (DREs) did not violate Pennsylvania statutory or constitutional law. The case is Banfield v. Cortes.
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