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Litigation

Geller v. Democratic National Committee

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: May 22, 2008 / August 15, 2008
State: Florida
Issue: Selection of Presidential Electors
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case 0:08-cv-60774)

Issue:

Plaintiff is seeking injunctive relief in the form of an order requiring the DNC to honor votes that were cast in the Florida Democratic primary election. Plaintiff alleges constitutional violations and violations of the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

Complaint filed 5/22/08.  Motion for Summary Judgment filed by DNC on 6/12/08.  Plaintiffs have yet to respond.  Plaintiffs filed an unoppsed motion to dismiss (their complaint had become moot) on 8/14 and the case was dismissed with prejudice on 8/15.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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