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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

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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