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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

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

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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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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