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Scott v. Schedler

Case Information

Date Filed: April 19, 2011
State: Louisiana
Issues: Voter Registration, Voter Eligibility
Current Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case 13-31147)

Issue:

Whether Louisiana has complied with the obligations imposed on states by the federal government in the NVRA.

Status:

Complaint filed 4/19/11. Defendant's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Denied 5/3/12. Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/3/12. Joint Motion to Continue Trial Date filed 9/26/12. Trial Scheduled for 10/15/12. Permanent Injunction granted 1/23/13. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney Fees and Costs filed 2/26/2013. Judgment for Plaintiffs awarding fees and costs filed 10/22/13. Notice of Appeal filed 10/31/13. Defendant's Motion for Stay filed 12/30/13.  Ordering Granting Stay filed 1/2/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Extend Court's Jurisdiction filed 1/17/14. Defendant's Response in Opposition to Motion to Extend Court's Jurisdiction filed 1/22/14. Order Extending Injunction until 2/3/14. Order denying extension of court's jurisdiction filed 2/3/14. Order granting Motion to Stay Pending Appeal filed 5/22/14. 5th Circuit Opinion filed 11/5/14. Mandate issued 2/6/15. Order Amending Permanent Injunction filed on 7/10/15. Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations as to Attorney Fees filed 12/3/15.

 

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? Letís Find Out

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump has revived the question whether Senator Ted Cruz is ineligible to serve as President due to his birth in Canada. The issue cries out for judicial resolution, but there are constitutional and prudential obstacles to a federal court deciding it.  This comment argues that the most promising avenue  is a state court lawsuit challenging Senator Cruz’s eligibility and seeking his removal from the primary ballot. There’s at least one state – Pennsylvania – where the deadline for filing hasn’t yet expired, but if skeptics of Cruz’s eligibility want to sue there they must act quickly, no later than Tuesday. Litigating the case through state court would tee up the issue for Supreme Court review, which would be helpful in resolving the recurrent question of what it means to be a “natural born Citizen."

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

District Court Upholds NC Voter ID Law

In a 485-page opinion released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld North Carolina\'s voter ID law. A trial on the photo ID issue was held in January and February. The case is League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Howard.

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