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Litigation

Rudolph, et al., v. Fenumiai

Case Information

Date Filed: November 1, 2010
State: Alaska
Issues: Election 2010, Polling Place Challenges
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska (Case 3:10-cv-00243)

Issue:

Whether the Alaska Division of Elections is in violation of the Voting Rights Act by providing write in candidate votings lists at polling places without proper clearance from the US Department of Justice.

Status:

Reply to Response to Motion for Temporary Restraining Order filed 11/1/10.  Three-Judge Panel request filed 11/5/10.  Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of Defendants filed 11/22/10.  Order Dismissing Case entered 11/23/10.  Amicus Brief Submitted by American Unity Legal Defense Fund filed 11/23/10.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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