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Case Information

Date Filed: October 1, 2000
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Courts that Heard this Case: (Case )

Date Filed: June 7, 2012
State: Arizona
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: District of Arizona (Case 12-CV-01211); US Supreme Court (Case 13-1314)

Issue:

(1) Whether the Elections Clause of the United States Constitution and 2 U.S.C. 2a(c) permit Arizona's use of a commission to adopt Congressional districts, and

(2) Whether the Arizona Legislature have standing to bring suit

Status:

Amended Complaint filed 7/20/2012. Answer to Amended Complaint filed 8/10/12. Order granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss and denying Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 2/21/2014.

U.S. Supreme Court Documents

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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