Last Updated: February 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Citizen Center v. Gessler
Date Filed: February 13, 2012
Issues: Improper Election Administration, Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (Case 1:12-cv-00370)
Whether Mesa County, Colorado's election procedures infringe on the rights to vote, political expression, and speech.
complaint filed 2/13/12.
District Court Documents
- Complaint (filed 2/13/12)
Edward B. Foley
“The majority contends that its counterintuitive reading of ‘the Legislature’ is necessary to advance the ‘animating principle’ of popular sovereignty.” With this sentence in his dissent (at page 14), Chief Justice Roberts gets to the heart of the debate in today’s 5-4 decision in the Arizona redistricting case.
In the News
Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.
“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”
Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.
He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.
“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”
Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”
Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.
“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”
Info & Analysis
Fifth Circuit Affirms that Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act
Today, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the Texas voter ID case of Veasey v. Abbott, affirming in part and reversing in part the District Court\'s decision. The Fifth Circuit disagreed that Texas\' voter ID law is a poll tax under the 14th and 24th Amendments. The Court also vacated the District Court\'s judgment that the law was passed with a racially discriminatory purpose, remanding the case for a determination using the proper legal standard and evidence. However, the Court agreed that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act due to its discriminatory effect. The Fifth Circuit remanded the case for the District Court to determine the appropriate remedy.
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