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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)

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

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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