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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

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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