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Stein v. Cortes

Case Information

Date Filed: December 5, 2016
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Recount Resources
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:16-cv-06287)


The plaintiff brings this action in relation to the difficulty they are facing in gaining a recount in Pennsylvania. The following claims are brought by plaintiff: 

1. Whether the Defendants have are maintaining and implementing a system of voting that denies Pennsylvania voters the right to vote, which has severely burdened voters right to vote in violation of the Equal Protection clause.

2. Whether the Defendants are maintaining and implementing a system that burdens the right to vote and violates Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

3. Whether the Defendants are maintaining and implementing a system that burdens the right to vote and violates the First Amendment.


Complaint filed 12/5/2016. Motion to Intervene by Trump et al filed 12/5/16. Order setting 12/6/16 deadline for response to Motion to Intervene. Motion for Expedited Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/6/16. Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/6/16. Responses in Opposition filed by Trump et al and Cortes12/8/16. Opinion and Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/12/16.


District Court Documents


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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