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Voting for America v. Skeen

Case Information

Date Filed: February 13, 2012
State: Texas
Issues: State Voter Registration Databases, Voter Registration
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Case 3:12-cv-00044)

Issue:

Whether Texas' state voter registration procedures violate the NVRA.

Status:

Complaint filed 2/3/12. Motion to Dismiss filed 3/25/12. Answer filed 3/27/12. Texas' Motion to Intervene Granted 6/8/12. Opinion and Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 8/2/12. Defendant Skeen's Notice of Appeal filed 8/16/12. Order Granting Stay Pending Appeal Issued issued 9/6/12. 5th Circuit oral argument schedule entered 9/26/12. Appellee's Brief filed 11/16/12. Appellant's Reply Brief filed 11/26/12. Opinion filed 10/3/13. Mandate issued 11/26/13. Order denying motion to dismiss filed 1/29/14. Motion for Leave to file a Second Amended Complaint filed 4/7/14. Order for Recusal filed 9/22/14.

Circuit Court of Appeals Documents

District Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Seventh Circuit Issues Opinions Regarding Stay in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued opinions today on its denial of a motion for reconsideration. A 3-judge panel of the court granted a stay last week allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to take effect. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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