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Litigation

League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: April 28, 2008 / October 23, 2008
State: Florida
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case 1:08-cv-21243); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Case 08-15156)

Issue:

Whether Florida's new voter registration laws, which regulate the handling of voter registration applications by third-party voter registration organizations, are unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. 

Status:

Complaint filed 4/28/08. Motion to dismiss for improper venue on filed on 5/8/08 and denied on 5/29/08.  Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed on 5/14/08 and denied on 8/6/08.  Notice of Appeal filed 9/5/08.  Case voluntarily dismissed on 10/23/08.

Court of Appeals Documents

  • Probable Jurisdiction Noted (9/15/08)
  • Appearance Form Submitted. (9/22/08)
  • Transcript Order Form (All Necessary Transcripts on File) (9/22/08)
  • Civil Appeal Statement Form (9/22/08)
  • Appearance Form Submitted (9/26/08)
  • Briefing notice issued (9/26/08)
  • MOT2 (Notice of court action) issued (filed 10/2/08)
  • E-CIP Filed (filed 10/3/08)
  • Certificate of Interested Persons (filed 10/6/08)
  • Motion to Dismiss Appeal Without Prejudice (filed 10/21/08)
  • Motion to Dismiss Appeal Without Prejudice is GRANTED by JT (filed 10/23/08)
  • Case Closed. Dismissed - Voluntarily (filed 10/23/08)
  • Letter to district court enclosing dismissal order issued(filed 10/23/08)
  • Pursuant to the appellant's motion for voluntary dismissal (joint stipulation of the parties), the appeal was duly entered dismissed on this date. (filed 10/23/08)

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

District Judge Dismisses Georgia Voter Rolls Case

In an order released late Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten dismissed a lawsuit filed against Georgia\'s Secretary of State by the advocacy organization Common Cause, which alleged that Georgia unlawfully removed voters from registration lists preceding the 2016 Presidential election. The case is Common Cause v. Kemp.

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