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NAACP v. Murphy

Case Information

Date Filed: July 9, 2009
State: Indiana
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Case 1:09-cv-00849-TWP-DML)

Issue:

Whether the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires public assistance agencies in Indiana to distribute voter application forms, has been violated.

Status:

Order regarding Settlement entered 1/12/11.  Order Directing Filing of Status Report entered 3/1/11.  Joint Status Report filed 4/4/11.  Joint Status Report filed 4/18/11.  Order Vacating Status Conference filed 4/21/11.  Joint Motion to Certify the Class filed 5/12/11.  Joint Motion for Notice to Certify the Class filed 5/12/11. Order Certifying Class Action entered 5/18/11. Order Approving Class Action Settlement enter 8/25/11.

District Court Documents

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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