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Litigation

ACORN v. Cox

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: August 14, 2006 / December 24, 2008
State: Georgia
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Case 1:06-cv-01891-JTC); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Case 07-15688, 08-14419)

Issue:

Whether the Georgia State Board of Elections' new voter-registration rules, which require each completed application to register be (1) separately sealed before being handed to a private voter registration organizer and (2) not be copied, violate the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), and the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Status:

District court case was stayed on 7/14/08 pending resolution of discovery-related mandamus action to be filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Petition for Mandamus was denied by the Court of Appeals on 9/24/08.

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents (New Case, 08-14419)

Court of Appeals Documents (07-15688)

  • Petition for Writ of Mandamus, Prohibition and Other Appropriate Relief (filed 12/06/07)
  • Defendants-Respondents are directed to file responses to the petition for writ of mandamus w/in 14 days of this order (filed 12/20/07)
  • Response Letter from Judge Camp advising that he elects not to participate or otherwise respond to the petition (filed 12/28/07)
  • Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus (filed 1/8/08)
  • PETITION GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART (entered 2/27/08)

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The Electoral Fix We Really Need

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The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

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Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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