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Pulaski County Election Commission v. Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners

Case Information

Date Filed: March 12, 2014
State: Arkansas
Issues: Absentee Ballots, Voter ID, Voter Eligibility
Courts that Heard this Case: Circuit Cout of Pulaski County (Case 60CV-14-1019); Arkansas Supreme Court (Case CV 14-37I)

Issue:

Original Issue: Whether the State Board of Election Commissioners' adoption of Emergency Rules regarding voter qualification requirements were contrary to state statute and in violation of the separation of powers doctrine.

Additional Issue on Appeal: Whether Circuit Court correctly held state voter qualification statute unconstitutional under Arkansas' Constitution.

Status:

Petition for Declaratory Judgment filed 3/12/14. Republican Party of Arkansas' Motion to Intervene filed 3/26/14. Amended Petition for Declaratory Judgment filed 4/3/14. Republican Party of Arkansas' Amended Motion to Intervene filed 4/6/14. Intervenors' Motion to Dismiss filed 4/6/14. Order granting Motion to Intervene filed 4/15/14. Intervenors' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 4/17/14. Defendant's Answer to Amended Petition filed 4/18/14. Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 4/18/14. Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 4/18/14. Judgment granting Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 4/24/14. Defendant's Notice of Appeal filed 4/25/14. Appellant's Brief filed 5/2/14. Intervenors' Brief filed 5/2/14. Appellees' Brief filed 5/2/14. Opinion filed 5/16/14.

Supreme Court of Arkansas Documents

Circuit 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

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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