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Bryanton v. Johnson

Case Information

Date Filed: September 17, 2012
State: Michigan
Issue:
Courts that Heard this Case: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Case 2:12-cv-14114-PDB-PJK)

Issue:

Whether Johnson, Michigan's Secretary of State, was allowed to include on in-person and absentee ballots a check-box that asked voters to verify their citizenship, in the absence of a statutory mandate to do so.

Status:

Complaint filed 9/17/12. Preliminary Injunction granted 10/10/12. Defendant's Answer filed 11/13/12. Case Dismissed and Preliminary Injunction Dissolved 5/29/13.

 

District Court Documents

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

Anti-Trumpersí Most Futile Effort Yet to Stop Trump from Being Sworn In

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Law Newz about efforts to persuade Chief Justice John Roberts to decline conducting Donald Trump’s Oath of Office on Inauguration Day. Even though the U.S. Constitution requires the President to take an oath of office, the the Chief Justice is not required to administer it. It is unlikely that such attempts will prevent Trump from being sworn in, Foley said.

“I think the main point is that the oath doesn’t need to be administered by the Chief Justice,” he said. “After Kennedy’s assassination, a federal district judge in Texas administered the oath to Johnson.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Federal District Court Panel Finds Unconstitutional Gerrymandering in Alabama

In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama found unconstitutional gerrymandering in 12 Alabama districts. In a separate concurring and dissenting opinion, one judge on the panel would have found more districts unconstitutionally drawn. The case is Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.

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