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Litigation

 

Kohls v. Martin

Case Information

Date Filed: April 16, 2014
State: Arkansas
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas Sixth Division (Case 60CV-14-1495); Supreme Court of Arkansas (Case CV-14-462)

Issue:

Whether state statute requiring voters to provide proof of identity before voting violates the Arkansas constitution.  

Status:

Petition filed 4/16/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 4/22/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Quash Subpoenas filed 4/25/14. Defendants' Response to Motion to Quash filed 4/28/14. Defendant Martin's Answer filed 5/2/14. Defendants' Answer filed 5/9/14. Order on Preliminary Injunction filed 5/23/14. Defendants' Notice of Appeal filed 5/23/14. Appellant's Brief filed 7/3/14. Separate Appellants Brief filed 7/7/14. Appellee's Brief filed 8/11/14. Opinion finding that Voter ID law violates Arkansas Constitution filed 10.15.14.

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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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