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6th Circuit Reverses District Court, Permits Elimination of Golden Week in Ohio

Posted on August 23, 2016, 3:57 pm

In a 2-1 opinion released today, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the District Court, which had blocked the Ohio General Assembly\'s elimination of a \"Golden Week\" in which voters could both register and cast their votes. The Sixth Circuit disagreed with the District Court\'s determination that Ohio\'s election laws violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

D.C. Circuit Sends True the Vote Case Against IRS Back to District Court

Posted on August 8, 2016, 12:05 pm

In a recently-issued opinion, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part and affirmed in part the District Court\'s decision in True the Vote\'s case challenging the targeting of conservative non-profit groups by the IRS. The court of appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims for damages against government officials. However, the court did not agree that True the Vote\'s efforts to halt discriminatory enforcement by the IRS were now moot. The panel determined that a judgment on the merits regarding whether the IRS had ceased its discriminatory treatment was warranted. The case is True the Vote v. IRS.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down NC Voting Laws, Finding Intentional Discrimination

Posted on August 1, 2016, 3:27 pm

On a Friday of multiple, major election law decisions, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals released an opinion striking down various North Carolina election laws that put in place restrictions related to voter ID, early voting, same day registration, and out of precinct registration. Reversing the District Court, the Fourth Circuit found that legislators intentionally discriminated against African-American voters. The three-judge panel included a dissenting opinion. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voting Laws

Posted on August 1, 2016, 2:38 pm

In a ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge James Peterson issued a decision striking down various Wisconsin election laws including those imposing a voter ID requirement and limiting early voting. The decision in One Wisconsin Institute v. Nichol followed another recent decision by a different Wisconsin federal judge ruling for the plaintiffs challenging the voter ID requirement. The state will appeal both cases to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.


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