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ACLU v. Schultz

Case Information

Date Filed: August 8, 2012
State: Iowa
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: District Court of State of Iowa, Polk County (Case CV009311); Iowa Supreme Court (Case 14-0585)

Issue:

Whether voter registration administrative rules were adopted in violation of Iowa law and whether voter registration rules exceeded the statutory authority of Iowa Secretary of State.

Status:

Petition  for Judicial Review of Agency Action  filed 8/8.12. Ordering granting Petitioner's Motion for Review and Judgment on the Merits and enjoining Secretary of State from enforcing administrative rules filed 3/5/14. Final briefs of appellant, appellees, and amici curiae filed in Iowa Supreme Court 10/20/14. Voluntary dismissal of appeal filed 3/12/15.

 

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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