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Litigation

ACLU of New Mexico v. Chavez

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 26, 2005 / November 17, 2008
State: New Mexico
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court, District of New Mexico (Case 05cv1136); United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit (Case 07-2067; 07-2081)

Issue:

Whether Albuquerque's Voter ID statute, which requires photo identification of in-person voters but not absentee voters, violates equal protection, Plaintiffs' First Amendment rights, or creates an undue burden on the right to vote.

Status:

The district court granted partial summary judgment on the parties claims on 3/7/07. An appeal was filed with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is currently active. The court has ordered the parties to file briefs addressing the impact of the Crawford decision by June 17.  Oral arguments are set for 9/25/08.

Appellate Court 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

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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