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Litigation

Miller v. Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell, et. al.

Case Information

Date Filed: November 9, 2010
State: Alaska
Issue: Election 2010
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska (Case 3:10-cv-00252); State of Alaska Superior Court, Fourth District (Case 4FA-10-3151)

Issue:

Whether the Defendants are in violation of the Elections Clause of the US Constitution prohibiting the enacting of election provisions inconsistent with legislative mandates, and in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution regarding the policy of attempting to divine the “intent of the voter” from write-in ballots.

Status:

Motion to file Amended Complaint filed 12/27/10.  Miller's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 12/27/10.  Motion in Opposition to Miller's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 12/27/10.  Motion to Expedite Order to Lift Preliminary Injunction filed 12/27/10.  Judgment Dismissing Plaintiff's Complaint (as amended) entered 12/29/10.

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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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

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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