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Litigation

Curley v. Lake County Board of Elections

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 2, 2008 / October 31, 2008
State: Indiana
Issues: Voter Registration, Early Voting
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (Case 2:08-cv-00287); Indiana Supreme Court (Case 45A03-0810-CV-512); Indiana Court of Appeals (Case 45A03-0810-CV-512)

Issue:

Whether the Lake County Board of Election’s establishment of satellite offices for in-person absentee ballot voting violates Indiana state election law. The Board of Elections claims that it was obligated to take the challenged actions in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

Status:

NOTICE: The electronic dockets for the state courts in this case are not freely available to the public. Filings in this case are not being monitored on a daily basis. Select documents will be added to this page when possible.

Indiana Court of Appeals Documents

Indiana Supreme Court Documents (2nd Appeal)

Special Superior Court Proceedings

  • Order PDF (entered 10/22/08)

Indiana Supreme Court Documents (1st Appeal)

  • Order PDF (entered 10/14/08)

Superior Court Documents

U.S. District Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

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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

Trump Calls for Voter Fraud Probe: A Look at Past Inquiries

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Voice of America about President Donald Trump’s plans to launch a “major investigation” into voter fraud. Trump claims he lost the popular vote because as many as 5 million non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally.

“As I understand the latest allegations, somewhere between 3 to 5 million improper ballots were cast this past November nationwide, which Trump claims accounts for why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote,” Foley said. “Even if there were 3 to 5 million invalid votes nationwide, we can’t jump to the conclusion that the election result was tainted, because we don’t know who they voted for.”

The odds of a non-U.S. citizen successfully casting a ballot are “extremely low, extraordinarily low,” according to Foley. Instances in which invalid ballots are cast or when voters’ names appear on multiple state voter rolls also don’t necessarily indicate voter fraud either, he added.

“Just because a ballot was cast that was invalid, which is a problem, doesn’t necessarily mean there was a conspiracy to commit voter fraud,” Foley said. “Fraud is a pejorative term that implies intentional deception and manipulation, as opposed to there being mistakes in voter registration lists.”
 


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Rules that Ohio Voter Services Website Violates ADA

A U.S. District Judge issued an opinion finding that the Ohio Secretary of State\'s voter services website violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not accessible to visually impaired Ohio voters. Judge George C. Smith ordered Secretary of State John Husted to make the site more accessible by September 29, 2017. As discussed in the opinion, the information on the voter services site does not meet established standards of accessibility for visually impaired voters who use screen reading software. The case is Hindel v. Husted.

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