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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)


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.


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


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Election Law Expert: Rigged Election 'Extraordinarily Unlikely'

Professor Edward Foley appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss the historical context of rigged elections and the unlikeliness that the general election will be tampered with this year.

“That state would have had to have been targeted ahead of time for rigging, and the attempt to rig it would have to go undetected. That's a lot to happen systematically and under the radar screen,” Foley said. “The new phenomenon is the risk of a cyberattack, and again, I think the risk of that is very low — as long as the voting machines are not hooked up to the Internet, and most states — as I understand it — most states do not hook up their vote-tabulating equipment to the Internet.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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