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Litigation

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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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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