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Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: August 4, 2006 / November 3, 2009
State: Texas
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court, District of Columbia (Case 1:06-cv-01384-PLF-EGS); United States Supreme Court (Case 08-322)

Issue:

Whether the imposition of §5 of the Voting Rights Act requirements, 42 U.S.C. §1973c, upon Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One is improper and/or unconstitutional as the district has allegedly remedied the problems giving rise to the initial imposition of these requirements.

Status:

A juridictional statement was filed on 9/4/08.  An amicus brief was filed by the Mountain States Legal Foundation on 10/10/08.  Motion to affirm filed by Appellee 11/26/08. Oral Arguments set for 4/29/09. Appellant's Reply filed 4/15. Judgement Reversed and Case Remanded on 6/22/09.  Consent Judgment and Decree 11/3/09.

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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