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Great America PAC v. Wisconsin Elections Commission

Case Information

Date Filed: December 1, 2016
State: Wisconsin
Issue: Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Case 3:16-cv-00795)

Issue:

Whether the statewide recount, and its methods, of the recent presidential election will violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the United States Constitution.

Status:

Complaint filed 12/1/2016. Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Memo in Support filed 12/2/16. Temporary Restraining Order Denied 12/2/2016. Motion to Intervene by Jill Stein filed 12/2/16. Order granting Jill Stein's motion to intervene and setting deadline of 12/7/16 for Stein's response to plaintiffs' motion for preliminary relief. Memoranda in opposition to motion for preliminary relief filed 12/7/16. Court denied motion for preliminary relief at hearing on 12/9/16. Plainitffs' Notice of Voluntary Dismissal filed 12/19/16.

 

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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