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Litigation

Florida State Conference of the NAACP v. Browning

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 17, 2007 / March 1, 2010
State: Florida
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee) (Case 4:07-cv-00402); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Case 07-15932)

Issue:

Whether Florida's requirement that the driver's license or Social Security number on a registration form be verified before a voter can be registered to vote.

Status:

Decision by 11th Circuit reversing grant of preliminary injunction and remanding for futher proceedings issued on 4/3/08.  Motion for Preliminary Injunction was denied on 6/24/08. Case referred to mediation on 2/12/09.  Mediation report due 7/13/09.  Bench Trial set for 9/21/09.  Order of Dismissal 3/1/10.

District Court Documents

Appellate Court Documents

  • Motion to Expedite (filed 12/26/07)
  • Emergency Motion for Stay of Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal (filed 12/26/07)
  • Response to Motion for Emergency Stay of Preliminary Injunction & Motion to Expedite Appeal (filed 12/26/07)
  • Motion to Expedite: is GRANTED IN PART... Appellant's motion for stay of the preliminary injunction pending appeal is DENIED (entered 12/27/07)
  • Argument Scheduled for 1/18/08 (entered 1/3/08)
  • Appellant Brief PDF (filed 1/7/08)
  • Appellee Brief PDF (filed 1/10/08)
  • Reply Brief by Appellant PDF (filed 1/15/08)
  • Argued 1/18/08
  • Supplemental Authority for Appellant (filed 1/28/08)
  • Opinion Issued AFFIRMED/REVERSED & REMANDED PDF (filed 4/3/08)
  • CASE CLOSED-Mandate Issued (entered 5/5/08)
  • Mandate Issued (entered 5/5/08)

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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

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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