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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

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted.

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