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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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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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