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Schuette v. Board of State Canvassers

Case Information

Date Filed: December 2, 2016
State: Michigan
Issue: Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: Michigan Court of Appeals (Case 335947)

Issue:

Whether the recount request of Jill Stein is a dilatory and frivolous request of an unaggrieved party. The plaintiff's main argument is that Jill Stein does not constitute an "aggrieved" party as required for a recount by MCL 168.879(b).

 The plaintiff asks the court for to issue a writ of mandamus to prohibit the recount of presidential ballots because Jill Stein is not an aggrieved party. Alternatively, the plaintiff asks the court to issue a writ of mandamus to (1) stop the recount until two business days after the Board of State Canvassers resolves objections to the recount petition; (2) complete any recount and certify electors to the federal government by December 13 or to certify prior to the initial elector results; and (3) conduct the recount process electronically and not by hand.

 

Status:

Complaint filed 12/2/2016. Order to consolidate case with Donald Trump's case against Board of State Canvassers issued 12/5/16. Hearing scheduled for 4pm on 12/6/16. Per Curiam Opinion issuing writ of mandamus and ordering Board of Canvassers to reject Stein's recount petition filed 12/6/16.

Related case: Stein v. Thomas

 

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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