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NAACP v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: May 1, 2014
State: Ohio
Issue: Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Case 2:14-cv-404); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 14-3877)

Issue:

Whether Ohio's reduction of early voting days and elimination of same-day registration violates Equal Protection and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

Complaint filed 5/1/2014. Preliminary Pretrial Conference set for 7/2/14. Answer filed 5/23/14. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 6/30/14.Plaintiffs' Filing of Amended Declaration filed 7/1/14. Order filed 7/2/14. Ohio General Assembly's Motion to Intervene filed 7/11/14. Order denying Ohio General Assembly's Motion to Intervene filed 7/3014. Emergency Motion for Reconsideration as to Motion to Intervene filed 7/30/14. Order denying Motion for Reconsideration filed 7/31/14. Memorandum Opinion and Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 9/4/14. Sixth Circuit order expediting review filed 9/11/14. Sixth Circuit order denying stay pending appeal filed 9/12/14. Appellants' Brief filed 9/15/14. Appellees' Brief filed 9/19/14. Opinion affirming District Court filed 9/24/14. Emergency Petition for Rehearing En Banc filed 9/24/14. Appellees' response to emergency petition filed 9/25/14. Emergency Application of Husted and DeWine for Stay filed 9/25/14 in U.S. Supreme Court. Emergency Application of Ohio General Assembly filed in U.S. Supreme Court 9/25/14. Response of NAACP et al filed 9/27/14. Reply of Husted and DeWine filed 9/28/14. Order Granting Stay filed 9/29/14. Ohio General Assembly's Third Motion to Intervene filed 11/10/14. Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Intervene filed 11/25/14. Opinion and Order Denying Motion to Intervene filed 11/26/14. Circuit Court's Order vacating and remanding order denying motion to intervene filed 12/19/14. Order granting Motion to Intervene filed 1/14/15. Settlement agreement filed 4/17/15. Plaintiffs' Stipulation of Dismissal filed 4/17/15.

 

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Court of Appeals Documents (Motion to Intervene)

 

Court of Appeals Documents

Supreme Court Documents

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

District Judge Dismisses Georgia Voter Rolls Case

In an order released late Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten dismissed a lawsuit filed against Georgia\'s Secretary of State by the advocacy organization Common Cause, which alleged that Georgia unlawfully removed voters from registration lists preceding the 2016 Presidential election. The case is Common Cause v. Kemp.

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