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Marks v. Koch

Case Information

Date Filed: October 8, 2009
State: Colorado
Issues: Improper Election Administration, Freedom of Information
Courts that Heard this Case: Colorado Court of Appeals (Case 10CA1111); Colorado Supreme Court (Case No. 11SC816); Pitkin County District Court (Case 09CV294)

Issue:

Whether article VII, §8, of the Colorado Constitution prohibits making cast election ballots available for public inspection pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act

Status:

Petition for Writ of Certiorari Granted by Colorado Supreme Court 4/16/12, subsequently denied 6/21/12. Petition of Certiorari to Colorado Supreme Court filed 11/9/11.  Court of Appeals Decision Announced 9/29/11.

See related federal court case: Citizen Center v. Gessler

Pitkin County District Court Documents

Colorado Court of Appeals Documents

Colorado Supreme Court Documents

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