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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

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

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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