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Litigation

 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund v. Detzner

Case Information

Date Filed: June 8, 2012
State: Florida
Issues: Voter Eligibility, Voter Fraud, State Voter Registration Databases
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Case 8:12-cv-01294)

Issue:

Whether the Florida Secretary of State violated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by purging voters off the state's voting rolls.

Status:

Complaint filed 6/8/12. Motion to Dismiss filed 7/13/12. First Amended Complaint filed 7/27/12. Order Denying Motion to Dimiss entered 9/18/12. Answer to First Amended Complaint filed 10/2/12. Trial set for 8/5/13. Order of Dismissal filed 7/24/13.

 

District Court Documents

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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