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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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The Electoral Fix We Really Need

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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 Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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