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Baker v. Chapman

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 21, 2008 / October 9, 2008
State: Alabama
Issue: Felon Voting Rights
Courts that Heard this Case: Montgomery County Circuit Court (Case )

Issue:

Whether Alabama law that disfranchises individuals convicted of felonies involving moral turpitude is more more restrictive in its felony classification than provided for by the Alabama Constitution, and, thus, impermissibly conflicts with the state constitution and unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote.

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

The complaint was filed on 7/21/08.  The court determined that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the suit and dismissed the case on 10/9/08.  An appeal is expected.

NOTICE: The electronic docket for this case is not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

Trial Court Documents

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Commentary

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In the News

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An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

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“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

U.S. District Judge Blocks Enforcement of Ohio Statutes

In an opinion released today, U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley enjoined the enforcement of various statutes amended by the Ohio General Assembly in 2014. The amendments altered certain requirements for absentee and provisional voting. According to Judge Marbley, the amendments violated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The case is NEOCH v. Husted.

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