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Currie v. North Carolina

Case Information

Date Filed: August 12, 2013
State: North Carolina
Issues: Voter ID, Voter Supression, Voting Rights Act
Current Court: North Carolina Orange County Superior Court (Case 13-CV-001419)

Issue:

1. Do Voter ID requirements violate Article VI of the North Carolina Constitution?

2. Do the Photo ID costs violate Article I Section 10 of the North Carolina Constitution?

3. Do the Photo ID property requirements violate Article I Section 11 of the North Carolina Constitution?

4. Do Photo ID requirements impose burdens on classes of voters in violation of Article I Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

5. Do the Photo ID requirements create an undue burden on the right to vote in violation of Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

6. Does the State purposefully discriminate against African-American voters in violation Article 1 Section 19 of the North Carolina Constitution?

Status:

Complaint filed 8/12/13. Answer filed 11/14/13. Plaintiff's Motion for Judicial Conference filed 9/16/14. Order regarding Motion for Judgment on Pleadings filed 2/24/15. Defendants' Motion to Dismiss filed 6/30/15. Plaintiff's Motion to Amend and Motion for Temporary Stay until after primary election filed 7/2/15.

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

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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