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Feldman v. Arizona

Case Information

Date Filed: April 15, 2016
State: Arizona
Issues: Voter Supression, Absentee Ballots, Provisional Ballots
Current Court: Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Case 16-16698, 16-16865)

Issue:

Whether Arizona's allegedly insufficient number of polling places disenfranchised voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment, and section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Whether an Arizona law prohibiting individuals from collecting the early ballots of others (aka "ballot harvesting") violates the Voting Rights Act. the Fourteenth Amendment, and the First Amendment because it disproportionately and adversely impacts minorities, unjustifiably burdens the right to vote, and interferes with freedom of association.

Status:

Complaint filed 4/15/16. Amended complaint filed 4/19/16. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 6/10/16. Motion to Dismiss filed 6/17/16. Joint Notice of Settlement Agreement as to polling place allocation issue filed 9/9/16. Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction as to HB 2023 (limiting "ballot harvesting") filed 9/23/16. Notice of Interlocutory Appeal filed 9/23/16. Emergency Stay Motion filed in District Court 9/28/16. Order Denying Stay filed 10/4/16. Emergency Motion for Injunction filed in Ninth Circuit 10/4/16. Order Denying Emergency Motion for Injunction filed 10/11/16. Parties' opening briefs at Ninth Circuit filed 10/17/16. Opinion and Order Affirming District Court on "ballot harvesting" issue filed 10/28/16. Opinion and Order Affirming District Court on wrong precinct voting issue filed 11/2/16. Order Denying Injunction pending appeal on wrong precinct voting issue filed 11/4/16. En Banc Opinion and Order granting injunction against Arizona "ballot harvesting" law pending appeal filed 11/4/16. Emergency Application for Stay of Ninth Circuit Injunction filed 11/4/16. U.S. Supreme Court Order granting stay of Ninth Circuit injunction filed 11/5/16. Ninth Circuit En Banc Oral Argument scheduled for 1/17/17. Parties' supplemental briefs on mootness issue filed 12/5/16. Order rescheduling oral argument for June 2017 filed 12/13/16. Second Amended Complaint filed 12/28/16. Defendant and Intervenors motions to dismiss complaint filed 1/17/17. Order granting in part and denying in part plaintiffs' motion to dismiss complaint filed 3/3/17. State defendants' answer filed 3/17/17. Order denying intervenor defendants' motion to dismiss filed 4/13/17. Answer of Arizona Republican Party filed 4/27/17. Order denying motion to review magistrate's order compelling disclosure filed 5/10/17. Order rescheduling oral argument to week of Dec. 11, 2017 filed 5/24/17.

District Court Documents

 

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents ("ballot harvesting" appeal)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Documents (wrong precinct voting appeal)

U.S. Supreme Court Documents ("ballot harvesting" appeal)

 

 

 

 

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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