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Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections v. Browning

Case Information

Date Filed: September 25, 2006
State: Florida
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: Second District Court of Appeals (Case 2D06-4339); Florida Supreme Court (Case SC07-2074)

Issue:

Whether a Sarasota County Charter amendment, which requires a more aggressive election auditing procedure than the rest of the state, is preempted by the Florida Election Code.

Status:

An appeal has been filed with the Florida Supreme Court.  Oral argument was held on 3/10/09.  Disposition 2/11/10.

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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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