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Litigation

 

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

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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