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Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner

Case Information

Date Filed: October 3, 2016
State: Florida
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Case 4:16-cv-00607)

Issue:

Whether Florida's enforcement of statutes (Fla. Stat. § 98.077, Fla. Stat. § 101.65, and Fla. Stat. § 101.68) requiring the signatures on vote-by-mail ballots (formerly "absentee" ballots) to match the signature shown on registration records and the subsequent rejection of defective ballots, without a means to cure the defect, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/3/16. Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 10/3/16. Defendant's Memorandum in Opposition and Motion to Dismiss filed 10/14/16. Plaintiffs' Reply filed 10/16/16. Order granting preliminary injunction filed 10/16/16. Answer filed 10/31/16. Ordering staying case until 5-5-17 filed 12/12/16.

 

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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