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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

In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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