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Conservative Party of New York State, et al., v. New York State Board of Elections, et al.

Case Information

Date Filed: September 14, 2010
State: New York
Issues: Voting Technology, Vote Dillution
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Case 1:10-cv-06923)

Issue:

Whether New York's policy of, when a voter selects the same candidate multiple times under multiple party affiliations, counting only the vote for the first party selected, and thus depriving the second party of credit for receiving a vote on their party, without notice to the voter, is unconstitutional.

Status:

Consent Decree Dismissing Case entered 9/8/11. Oral Argument Held on Motion to Dismiss 1/31/11.  Plaintiff's Supplemental Memorandum of Law on Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint filed 2/3/11.  Order Denying Motion to Dismiss entered 2/10/11. Civil Case Management Plan entered 3/1/11. Order Referring Case to Magistrate Judge for Settlement entered 4/7/11.  Order and Opinion Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss 5/10/11. Consent Decree Dismiss Case filed (9/08/11)

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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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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