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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)


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. 


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


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Explaining how recounts and contested presidential elections work

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Yahoo! News about vote recounts and the history of contested presidential elections. A handful of past elections haven’t been officially determined on election night, he said, including races in 1876, 1884, 1916, and 1960. The article originally appeared on the National Constitution Center’s blog, Constitution Daily.

“Elections, it must be emphasized, do not end on the last day that ballots are cast and the polls close,” Foley said. “They are officially over when the counting of all the ballots has been finally certified.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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