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Brown v. Detzner

Case Information

Date Filed: July 27, 2012
State: Florida
Issue: Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Case 3:12-cv-00852)


Whether Florida's 2011 changes to state election law, specifically beginning early voting 10 days before an election (as opposed to 15) and eliminating early voting on the Sunday before an election, are legal under the 14th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act and Florida's Constitution.


Complaint filed 7/27/12. Answer filed 8/20/12. Court order denying motion for preliminary injunction filed 9/24/12. Order of Dismissal filed 11/26/13.


District Court Documents


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Law Professor Recounts U.S. Disputed Elections

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Harvard Crimson following his presentation at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Foley discussed his book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States.”

“If we take the full sweep of history, we can see that there is general forward progress with elections,” Foley said. “As a society, we are so much better in the 21st century than we were in the 19th.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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