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Texas v. Holder

Case Information

Date Filed: January 24, 2012
State: Texas
Issues: Voting Rights Act, Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:12-cv-00128); United States Supreme Court (Case 12-1028)

Issue:

Whether Texas' voter ID law should be granted preclearance under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

Complaint Filed 1/24/12. Answer filed 4/9/12. Trial commenced 7/10/12. Opinion Denying Texas' Request for a Declaratory Judgment on Count One issued 8/30/12. Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 10/1/12. Order entering final judgment on claim one filed 12/17/12. Notice of Appeal to Supreme Court filed 12/19/12. Lawyer's Committee Motion to Affirm filed 5/9/13. DOJ's Motion to Affirm filed 5/9/13. Rodriguez Intervenor's Motion to Affirm filed 5/9/13. Judgment Vacated and Remanded in light of Shelby County v. Holder filed 6/27/13. Case dismissed on 8/27/13. Order denying Kennie-Intervenros' Motion for Attorney's Fees filed 8/11/14.

Supreme Court 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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