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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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Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Judge Orders Georgia to Re-Open Voter Registration for Georgia Special Congressional Election Runoff

A U.S. District Judge today ordered the state of Georgia to re-open voter registration until at least May 21st ahead of the June 20th runoff for the seat in Georgia\'s Sixth Congressional District. According to Judge Timothy Batten, the plaintiffs could likely succeed in showing that Georgia\'s reduction in the time its citizens had to register was pre-empted by federal law. The case is Georgia NAACP v. Georgia.

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