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Litigation

 

Frank v. Walker

Case Information

Date Filed: December 13, 2011
State: Wisconsin
Issue: Voter ID
Current Court: US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Case 15-3582)

Issue:

Whether Wisconsin voter ID legislation is unconstitutional as applied to certain classes of eligible Wisconsin voters; more specifically, whether the legislation unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote under the Equal Protection Clause, violates the Twenty-Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments as an unconstitutional poll tax, and violates the Equal Proection Clause in arbitrarily refusing to accept certain identification documents.

Status:

Complaint filed 12/13/11. Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Motion for Class Certification filed 4/23/12. Trial postponed until Spring 2013. Trial held in November 2013. Post hearing briefs due 12/20/13. Defendant Post-Trial Brief filed 12/22/13. Plaintiff's Amended Post-Trial Brief filed 1/16/14. Decision and Order striking down voter ID law filed 4/29/14. Notice of Appeal filed 5/12/14. Appellants' Brief filed 6/23/14. Appellees' Frank Brief filed 7/23/14. LULAC's Brief filed 7/23/14. Frank Appellees' Brief filed 7/23/14. 7th Circuit order granting stay filed 9/12/14. Emergency Petition for Rehearing filed 9/16/14. Appellant's Response to Petition for Rehearing filed 9/23/14. Order denying Motion for Rehearing filed 9/26/14. Opinions issued 9/30/14. Emergency Application to Vacate Stay filed with SCOTUS 10/2/14. Opinion reversing District Court filed 10/6/14. Memorandum in opposition to SCOTUS emergency application filed 10/6/14. Emergency Application to Stay Seventh Circuit Order filed 10/8/14. SCOTUS order granting application to vacate stay filed 10/9/14. 7th Circuit Opinion on Request to Rehear En Banc filed 10/10/14. Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 1/7/15. Respondent's Brief filed 2/6/15. Petitioner's Reply filed 2/24/15. Denial of Writ of Certiorari filed 3/23/15. Order denying Motion to Extend Stay filed 3/25/15. Mandate filed 3/25/15. District Court Opinion and Order issued 10/19/2015. District Court Judgment on 11/05/15. Appellants' Briefs on appeal in 7th Circuit filed 12/28/15. Appellee's brief in 7th Circuit filed 1/26/16. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion reversing District Court filed 4/12/16.

 

Appeal consolidated with LULAC v. Deininger for purposes of briefing and disposition.

See related Wisconsin voter ID cases: LULAC v. Deininger, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin v. Walker, and Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker

District Court Documents

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Documents

U.S. Supreme Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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