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Fedder v. Gallagher

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: November 21, 2006 / January 31, 2008
State: Florida
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: Second Judicial Court, Leon County Florida (Case 2006 CA 2996)

Issue:

Whether the voting equipment used in Sarasota County failed to properly record votes cast for candidates in the 13th Congressional District race, denying residents of Sarasota County their right to have their votes counted for this race.

Status:

Complaint to Contest Election filed 11/21/06. Currently in discovery. Joint stipulated dismissal filed 1/31/08.

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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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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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