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NAACP v. Billups

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 19, 2005 / June 8, 2009
State: Georgia
Issue: Voter ID
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Rome) (Case 4:05-cv-00201-HLM); U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit (Case 05-15784, 06-11927, 07-14664, 08-10432); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 08-1231)

Issue:

Whether Georgia's Voter ID Statue, which requires a state-issued photo ID, is unconstitutional or violative of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Status:

11th Circuit opinion vacating, rendering and affirming entered 1/14. Motion to Stay Mandate filed 2/10.  Petition for Writ of Cert filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on 4/1.  Brief in Opposition filed 5/6. Reply Brief filed 5/19.  Petition denied on 6/8.

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Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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