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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

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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