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Litigation

Garcia v. Fox-Young

Case Information

Date Filed: October 27, 2008
State: New Mexico
Issue: Improper Election Communications
Courts that Heard this Case: Second Judicial District Court (Case D-202-CV-200811178)

Issue:

Whether efforts by agents of the Republican Party to research questionable voter registrations and then subsequently disseminate the private information of those voters violate New Mexico law.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/27/08. Answer filed 11/21/08.  Motion to stay discovery and bifurcate discovery filed 12/8/08.  Request for hearing on motion filed 12/8/08.

District Court Documents

  • Complaint PDF
  • Answer (filed 11/21/08)
  • Motion to Stay Discovery and Bifurcate Discovery (filed 12/8/08)
    • Memorandum in Support
  • Request for Hearing on Motion (filed 12/8/08)
  • Motion for Rule 12/Rule 23 Scheduling Conference (filed 12/10/08)
  • Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Motion for Rule 12/Rule 23 Scheduling Conference (filed 1/5/09)
  • Defendant's Reply to Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's motion to Stay Discovery and to Bifurcate Discovery (filed 1/23/09)

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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