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Shelby County, Alabama v. Lynch

Case Information

Date Filed: April 27, 2010
State: Alabama
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:10-cv-00651); U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Case 14-5138); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 12-96)

Issue:

Whether Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act are unconstitutional.

Status:

Appellee Attorney General Holder brief filed 12/1/11.  Amicus Brief of New York Law School Racial Justice Project filed 12/7/11. Appellant Shelby County, Alabama filed 12/15/11. Court of Appeals Opinion and Order filed 5/18/12. Petition for certiorari filed 7/20/12. Brief for Respondents in Opposition to certiorari filed 9/24/12. Petition for Certiorari granted 11/9/12. Set for argument 2/27/13. Petitioner's Brief filed 12/26/12. Reply Brief for Petitioner filed 2/19/13. Supreme Court oral argument held 2/27/13. Opinion finding section 4 unconstitutional filed 6/25/13. Order denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney's Fees filed 5/28/14. Notice of Appeal filed 6/3/14. Appellant's Brief filed 10/28/14. Appellee's Brief filed 12/12/14. Joint Appellee's Brief filed 12/22/14. Appellant Reply Brief filed 1/16/15. Oral argument heard on 4/10/15. Per Curiam Judgment 9/01/15. Opinion filed 9/01/15.  MANDATE of USCA ORDERED10/27/15.

Disclosure: EL@M Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji is an amicus curiae supporting Respondents in this case. No EL@M member who participates in any lawsuit covered on the EL@M website is involved in generating the website's information or analysis on that lawsuit.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

District Judge Dismisses Georgia Voter Rolls Case

In an order released late Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten dismissed a lawsuit filed against Georgia\'s Secretary of State by the advocacy organization Common Cause, which alleged that Georgia unlawfully removed voters from registration lists preceding the 2016 Presidential election. The case is Common Cause v. Kemp.

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