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Litigation

Texas Democratic Party v. Williams

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 13, 2007 / January 12, 2009
State: Texas
Issue: Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Case 1:07-cv-00115); U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (Case 07-51064); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 08-540)

Issue:

Whether the use of eSlate voting machines (which plaintiffs allege have not counted votes properly) violates HAVA, the Texas Election Code, or the U.S. Constitution.

Status:

Judgment rendered by US 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on 7/30/08 affirming the granting of Summary Judgment to the defendants by the District Court.  The plaintiffs filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiori with the U.S. Supreme Court on 10/21/08.  Petition was denied 1/12/09.

U.S. Supreme Court Documents

  • Petition for a Writ of Certiori PDF (filed 10/21/08)
  • Waiver of right of respondent Hope Andrade, Texas Secretary of State to respond (filed 11/24/08)
  • Distributed for Conference of 1/9/09 (entered 12/3/08)
  • Petition DENIED. (entered 1/12/09)

Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents

Commentary

Election Law @ Moritz is 10 Years Old!

Back in 2004, those of us who worked on election law here at Ohio State realized that Ohio might play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election. (It did, but for the sake of the nation not as pivotally as it might have.) We also knew that 2004 would be the first presidential election after passage of the Help America Vote Act, with all its new rules on voter registration databases, voter identification, and provisional ballots. We thought it might be useful if, as a team, we tried to get up to speed on the new terrain of “election administration law,” which had been a sleepy field in terms of scholarship before 2000. We had a sense that teamwork would enable us to produce various forms of useful scholarship that we could not accomplish working separately.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court of Kansas Orders Taylor's Name to be Removed from U.S. Senate Ballot

In an opinion issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kansas ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Chad Taylor from the ballot for the general election. Removing Taylor leaves Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman on the ballot. Taylor requested his removal earlier this month. The case is Taylor v. Kobach.

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