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United States of America v. Brown

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: February 17, 2005 / April 20, 2009
State: Mississippi
Issue: Improper Election Administration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Case 4:05-cv-00033-TSL-JMR); U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (Case 07-60588, 07-60729)

Issue:

Whether Defendants have violated §2 and §11(b) of the Voting Rights Act and the 15th amendment to the US Constitution by taking actions with the intent to deny white voters and white candidates access to the political process.

Status:

Bench Trial from 1/16/07 until 1/31/07. On 6/29/07, Court ruled that Defendants violated Voting Rights Act. Notice of Appeal filed 7/24/07. Preliminary Injunction granted 7/31/07. Order granting remedial relief entered 8/27/07. Briefing in 5th Circuit completed on 6/9/08.  Opinion published and Judgment entered and filed 2/27.  Mandate Issued 4/20.

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David  Stebenne

Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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Info & Analysis

10th Circuit Reverses District Court on KS and AZ Proof of Citizenship Requirement

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion today in Kobach v. EAC, rejecting the proof of citizenship requirement imposed by Kansas and Arizona in the voter registration process.

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