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Litigation

Shad v. Ritchie

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 23, 2009 / March 9, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issue: MN Senate race 2008
Courts that Heard this Case: Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-345)

Issue:

Whether certain absentee ballots should be counted in relation to the current litigation regarding the 2008 Minnesota Senate election contest.

Status:

Petition filed by voters 2/23.  Order calling for memorandum of law entered 2/26. Memo on the Timeliness of Petition filed 3/3.  Affidavit of Charles N. Nauen filed 3/3. Norm Coleman filed Motion to Intervene on 3/5. Order entered 3/9.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

MN Courts Document Page

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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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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