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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

Edward B. Foley

The Constitution Needed a Judicial Assist

Edward B. Foley

“The majority contends that its counterintuitive reading of ‘the Legislature’ is necessary to advance the ‘animating principle’ of popular sovereignty.” With this sentence in his dissent (at page 14), Chief Justice Roberts gets to the heart of the debate in today’s 5-4 decision in the Arizona redistricting case.

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In the News

David  Stebenne

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Redistricting Commission

In an opinion released today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona\'s use of an independent commission to draw the boundaries of federal Congressional districts. The Court determined that the commission is permissible under the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution and 2 U.S.C. 2a(c). The case is Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

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