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Kobach v. EAC

Case Information

Date Filed: August 21, 2013
State: National
Issue: Voter Registration
Current Court: United States Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit (Case 14-3062)

Issue:

Issue 1:

Did the EAC's failure to modify the State-specific instructions on the Federal Form to include a voter citizenship qualification constitute an agency action unlawfully withheld or unreasonably delayed under the Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. 706(1)?

Issue 2:

Did the EAC's failure to modify the Federal Form infringe upon State sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Issue 3:

Did the EAC's failure to modify the Federal Form constitute an agency action that was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise made in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. 706(2)?

Issue 4:

Did the EAC's failure to modify the Federal Form constitute an agency action that was in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, limitation, or short of statutory right under the Administrative Procedures Act, 5 U.S.C. 706(2)?

Issue 5:

Did the EAC's failure to modify the Federal Form force the Plaintiff's to choose between two "unconstitutionally coercive" regulations violating the Tenth Amendment and the Seventeenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Status:

Complaint filed 8/21/13. Motion for preliminary injunction filed 10/23/13. Project Vote's motion to intervene filed 11/13/13. Inter-Tribal Council's motion to intervene filed 11/13/13. Valle Del Sol's motion to intervene filed 11/21/13. League of Women Voters' motion to intervene filed 11/21/13. EAC answer filed 11/25/13. Evidentiary Hearing set for 2/11/14 and 2/12/14. Order that EAC add language requested by Arizona and Kansas to the state-specific instructions on federal mail voter registration form filed 3/19/14. Defendant-Intervenors' Notice of Appeal filed 3/27/14. Defendant-Intervenors' Motion for Stay Pending Appeal filed 3/28/14.  Defendant's Notice of Appeal filed 4/8/14. Order Granting Motion to Consolidate Appeals filed 4/15/14. Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Stay filed 4/18/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel filed 4/18/14. Defendants' Opposition to Expedited Motion to Compel and Support of Motion to Stay filed 4/22/14. Order denying motion to stay case filed 5/7/14. Appellants' Motion for Expedited Consideration and Stay Pending Appeal filed 5/8/14. Order for Temporary Stay filed 5/8/14. Order granting Stay Pending Appeal and Expedited Review filed 5/19/14. Appellants' Brief filed 5/21/14. Appelles' Response Brief filed 6/30/14. Appellants' Reply Brief filed 7/28/14.

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents (Defendant-Intervenors and EAC Defendants Consolidated)

 

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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