Crawford: It Could Have Been Worse
Apr. 29 -
That's about the best that can be said about yesterday's opinions in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. Following the precedent set by LULAC v. Perry and Randall v. Sorrell in 2006, the Court issued a splintered decision in an important constitutional election law case. The lack of a majority opinion, and the narrowness of Justice Stevens' lead opinion (joined only by the Chief Justice and Justice Kennedy), will probably limit the harm done by the Court's decision to uphold what is probably the strictest and most exclusionary voter ID law in the country.
US Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Voter ID
Apr. 28 -
Today the US Supreme Court upheld Indiana's long-disputed voter ID law (opinion). The syllabus states that the law supports legitimate state interests of deterring fraud and protecting voter confidence, and that the procedure for obtaining proper ID "does not qualify as a substantial burden on most voters' right to vote...." Check back for a full analysis.
Preliminary Reports of PA Problems
Apr. 22 -
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that some Pennsylvania voters have been left off the polling place roster and in other cases the party affiliation listed next to their names is incorrect (see here). There are also reports of machine breakdowns and long lines (see here and here). The extent of the problems is unclear. See page 13 of this in-depth EL@M report for an analysis of how Pennsylvania law treats the problem of long lines discouraging individuals from voting. Check back for further updates.
PA Court Refuses to Extend Polling Hours
Apr. 22 -
A court has reportedly refused a request to extend polling hours in Philadelphia. A group called Voter Action filed the request after machines malfunctioned in eight Philadelphia precincts.
11th Circuit Reverses Injunction Against Florida's Voter Registration Law
Apr. 4 -
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeal has reversed the injunction issued by the district court in Florida State Conference of the NAACP v. Browning. The injunction prohibited the enforcement of Florida's voter registration law, which provides for the disqualification of any voter registration where the Social Security or driver license number on the application cannot be matched with government databases. For more information or to review the Court's decision, see the EL@M case page.