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Litigation

Green Party of Michigan v. Michigan Secretary of State

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: January 11, 2007 / April 4, 2008
State: Michigan
Issue: Freedom of Information
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Case 2:08-cv-10149)

Issue:

Whether a Michigan statute that requires the Secretary of State to share the voter lists with the two major political parties, but prohibits the sharing of lists with any other group, violates the U.S. Constitution.

Status:

Complaint filed 1/11/08. Motion for Summary Judgment(in favor of plaintiffs) granted on 3/26/08. Judgment for the plaintiffs granted on 4/4/08.

District Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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