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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

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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

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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