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Davis v. Perry

Case Information

Date Filed: September 22, 2011
State: Texas
Issues: Redistricting, Vote Dillution
Courts that Heard this Case: United States Court for the Western District of Texas (Case 5:11-cv-00788); United States Supreme Court (Case No. 11A521 ); US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case 14-50042)


Whether Texas' State Senate Redistricting Plan violates the Voting Rights Act.


District Court adopted interim redistricting plan on 11/26/11. U.S. Supreme Court stayed District Court order pending oral argument scheduled 1/9/12. Supreme Court opinion filed 1/20/12. District Court Order Entering a Redistricting Plan 3/1/12. Court Order Adopting interim plan for 2012 election entered 9/7/12. Final Judgment filed 9/4/13. Circuit Court Order Dismissing Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction filed 1/16/14. Amended Notice of Appeal filed 1/31/14. Appellee's Brief filed 6/9/14. Appellant's Reply Brief filed 6/25/14. Oral Argument filed 10/27/14. Opinion and Judgment filed 3/17/14. Order denying petition for rehearing en banc filed 4/14/15. Mandate issued 4/22/15.

See also Davis v. Perry and Perez v. Texas

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Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Explaining how recounts and contested presidential elections work

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Yahoo! News about vote recounts and the history of contested presidential elections. A handful of past elections haven’t been officially determined on election night, he said, including races in 1876, 1884, 1916, and 1960. The article originally appeared on the National Constitution Center’s blog, Constitution Daily.

“Elections, it must be emphasized, do not end on the last day that ballots are cast and the polls close,” Foley said. “They are officially over when the counting of all the ballots has been finally certified.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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