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U.S. District Judge Refuses to Block Arizona Law Placing Limits on "Ballot Harvesting"

Posted on September 23, 2016, 2:20 am

In an order issued today, U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes denied plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction that would have blocked an Arizona statute limiting the practice of \"ballot harvesting.\" The law limits whom a voter can give an early ballot to for delivery. The case is Feldman v. Arizona. Earlier this month, the parties reached a settlement agreement on another issue in the case regarding the allocation of polling places.

6th Circuit Reverses District Court on Most Claims in Another Ohio Voting Rights Case

Posted on September 14, 2016, 9:04 am

In an opinion released yesterday, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the District Court on most of the plaintiffs\' claims in an Ohio voting rights case. The Sixth Circuit determined that Ohio laws did not create an undue burden on the right to vote nor did they disparately impact minority voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The case is NEOCH v. Husted.

D.C. Circuit Reverses District Court in Proof of Citizenship Case

Posted on September 12, 2016, 10:05 am

In a judgment released Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the District Court, which had permitted changes to a federal voting registration form that would allow the states of Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia to require proof of citizenship. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit decided 2-1 that the District Court should have granted the plaintiffs\' motion to block changes to the form. The case is League of Women Voters v. Newby.

6th Circuit Reverses District Court Order that Kept Polls Open Based on Anonymous Call to Court Clerk

Posted on September 6, 2016, 6:07 pm

In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated an order by U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott that kept Cincinnati-area polling places open an additional hour on primary election night. The District Judge\'s order was based on an anonymous phone call to the court clerk\'s office indicating that a major traffic accident on the city\'s outerbelt would make it difficult for voters to reach their polling places in time. The Sixth Circuit found a lack of standing to bring a court action because there was no identifiable plaintiff who brought forth a complaint on the record. The case is In re 2016 Primary Election.


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