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Favors v. Cuomo

Case Information

Date Filed: November 17, 2011
State: New York
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case 1:11-cv-05632 )


Whether New York's redistricting procedure violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment, among other provisions.


Complaint filed 11/17/11. Motion to Dismiss Denied 5/16/12. Answer to Cross Claim filed 6/18/12. Assembly Majority's Motion for Summary Judgment on Equal Population claims and section 2 claims filed 6/29/12. Stipulation of Dismissal of Voting Rights Act Section 2 claims against Assembly defendants filed 12/18/12. Final Judgment Order filed 11/5/13. Amended Judgment Order filed 11/8/13. Order granting Motion for Summary Judgment filed 5/22/14. Plaintiff-Intervenors' First Motion for Reconsideration filed 6/4/14. Defendants' Objection to Magistrate's Report and Recommendation filed 6/6/14. Order denying Motion for Reconsideration filed 7/25/14. Order adopting Report and Recommendation filed 8/14/14. Order closing Case filed 8/14/14. Order that Clerk enter Judgment filed 9/5/14. Clerk's Order in favor of the Senate majority filed 9/11/14.

District Court Documents



Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Trump accepting the US election result has little practical consequence

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Deutsche Welle about Donald Trump’s assertions that he will not accept the results of the U.S. presidential election if he is defeated.

"It was improper to say what he said and the way that he said it, given the role of a candidate in a democracy for the office that he is seeking,” Foley said. "Most states have what they call automatic or mandatory recounts that get triggered by close margins. I do think the words that he has used suggest some lack of knowledge of the mechanics of the process and how the system works.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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