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Litigation

 

Kobach v. EAC

Case Information

Date Filed: August 21, 2013
State: National
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: District Court of Kansas (Case 5:13-cv-04095); United States Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit (Case 14-3062); United States Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit (Case 14-03072); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 14-1164 )

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. 10th Circuit opinion issued 11/7/14. State's Petition for Rehearing filed 12/22/14. Order denying Petition for Rehearing filed 12/22/14. Mandate filed 1/6/15. Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed 3/21/15. Order Denying Writ of Certiorari filed 6/29/15.

District Court Documents

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

U.S. Supreme Court Documents

 

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Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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