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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

Related News Articles

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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