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Litigation

 

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

Edward B. Foley

A Tale of Two Swing States

Edward B. Foley

            Pennsylvania should prepare itself for the kind of “voting wars” litigation that Ohio has experienced in recent years, including a claim that the state’s current opportunities to cast a ballot impose a disproportionate burden on the state’s African-American voters.

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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 Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.

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