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Citizen Center v. Gessler

Case Information

Date Filed: February 13, 2012
State: Colorado
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); United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (Case 12-1414)

Issue:

Whether the election procedures of six Colorado counties infringe on the rights to vote, political expression, and speech.

Status:

complaint filed 2/13/12. Motions to Dismiss filed 6/4/12. Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 8/17/12. Case dismissed by minute order 9/24/12. Judgment issued 9/25/12. Appeal docketed with 10th Circuit on 10/30/12. Oral Arguments held 3/17/14. Opinion reversing in part, affirming in part filed 10/21/14. Petition for Rehearing En Banc filed 11/4/14. Order denying Petition for Rehearing En Banc filed 11/17/14. Petition for writ of certiorari filed 2/20/15. Notice of denial of certiorari filed 4/27/15. District Court order dismissing case filed 08/19/15.

See related state court case: Marks v. Koch

Circuit Court Documents

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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