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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

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

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Seventh Circuit Issues Opinions Regarding Stay in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued opinions today on its denial of a motion for reconsideration. A 3-judge panel of the court granted a stay last week allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to take effect. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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