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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

In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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