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League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner

Case Information

Date Filed: December 15, 2011
State: Florida
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Case 4:11-cv-00628); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Case )

Issue:

Whether Florida's new law regarding voter registration activities (1) violates the First Amendment by unlawfully restricting citizens' right to free speech and assembly; (2) is unconstitutionally vague; (3) violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993; or (4) violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

Complaint filed 12/15/11. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/19/11. Preliminary Injunction Granted 5/31/12. Preliminary Injunction Appealed 7/2/12. Joint Motion for Permanent Injunction filed 8/10/12. Permanent Injunction granted 8/30/12.

See also Florida v. US

 

District Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

SCOTUS Grants Stay in Ohio Early Voting Case

With a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today granted a stay in NAACP v. Husted. The court's action blocks a district court order issued earlier this month and allows Ohio's shortened early voting period to go into effect.

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