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Florida Democratic Party v. Scott

Case Information

Date Filed: October 9, 2016
State: Florida
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Case 4:16-cv-00626)


Whether Florida's failure to extend the voter registration deadline on account of the effects of Hurricane Matthew violates the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.


Complaint filed 10/9/16. Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed 10/9/16. Order Granting TRO filed 10/10/16. Order Granting Preliminary Injunction and extending voter registration to October 18 filed 10/12/16. Order Denying Motion to Enforce Preliminary Injunction filed 10/20/16. Order Closing File filed 10/20/16.


District Court Documents


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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