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Evenwel v. Abbott

Case Information

Date Filed: April 21, 2014
State: Texas
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: US District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division (Case A-14-CV-335-LY-CH-MHS); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 14-940)


Whether PLANS172, the official Texas districting plan, violates the one-person, one-vote principle of the Equal Protection Clause by not apportioning districts to equalize both total population and voter population.


District Court Opinion filed on 11/05/14. Probable jurisdiction noted by Supreme Court 5/26/15. Appellants' brief filed 7/31/15. Appellees' brief filed 9/18/15. Appellants' Reply Brief filed 10/19/15. Opinion filed 4/4/16.


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Edward B. Foley

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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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