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Litigation

LULAC of Texas v. State of Texas

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: May 9, 2008 / March 11, 2009
State: Texas
Issues: Selection of Presidential Electors, Vote Dillution
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Case 5:08-cv-00389); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (Case 08-50581)

Issue:

Whether the Texas Democratic Primary process unlawfully undervalues the votes of Latino voters.

Status:

Notice of Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit) filed 6/9/08.  Appellant filed brief on 7/30/08.  Appellee filed briefs on 8/26/08 and 9/15/08.  Reply brief filed by Appellant on 9/30/08.  Oral Argument scheduled for 2/2/09 on 12/16/08. Oral Argument heard 2/4/09. Judgment entered and filed 2/17/09.  Mandate issued 3/11/09.

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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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

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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