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Litigation

Alaska Democratic Party v. Fenumiai, et al.

Case Information

Date Filed: October 25, 2010
State: Alaska
Issues: Election 2010, Polling Place Challenges
Courts that Heard this Case: Superior Court for the State of Alaska, Third Judicial District (Case 3AN-10-11621CI); Supreme Court of the State of Alaska (Case S-14054)

Issue:

Whether Alaska's Division of Elections can display, distribute or communicate write-in candidate lists at polling locations.

Status:

Stay of Trial Court Order entered 10/27/10.

Trial Court Documents

  • Complaint for Injunctive Relief (filed 10/25/10)
  • Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction and Memorandum in Support (filed 10/25/10)
  • Defendant's Opposition to Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (filed 10/26/10)
  • Defendant's Citation of Supplemental Authority (filed 10/26/10)
  • Alaska Republican Party's Reply to State/Murkowski Briefing (filed 10/26/10)
  • Decision and Order PDF (entered 10/27/10)

Appellate Court Documents

  • Notice of Appeal (filed 10/27/10)
  • Order granting stay of Trial Court order PDF (entered 10/27/10)

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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