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Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute et al v. Johnson

Case Information

Date Filed: May 24, 2016
State: Michigan
Issues: Voting Rights Act, Voting Technology, Ballot Design
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Case 2:16-cv-11844); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 16-2071, 16-2115); U.S. Supreme Court (Case )


Whether a Michigan law abolishing straight ticket voting violates the Equal Protection Clause of the !4th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act


Complaint filed 5/24/16. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 5/27/16. Response in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 6/28/16. Opinion and Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 7/21/16. Notice of Appeal filed 8/2/16. Sixth Circuit Opinion and Order Denying Motion for Stay Pending Appeal filed 8/17/16. Petition for Initial En Banc Hearing filed 8/18/16. Order Denying Petition for Initial Hearing En Banc filed 9/1/16. Emergency Application to Stay Preliminary Injunction filed in U.S. Supreme Court 9/2/16. Response to Emergency Application filed 9/7/16. Order Denying Stay filed 9/9/16. 6th Circuit Order granting voluntary dismissal of appeal filed 9/19/16.


District Court Documents

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals documents

U.S. Supreme Court Documents


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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