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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 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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