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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

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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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