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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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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

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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

U.S. District Judge Rules for Plaintiffs in Ohio Early Voting Case

Today, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in an Ohio early voting case, determining that Ohio\'s reduction of in-person early voting days violated Equal Protection and the Voting Rights Act. Judge Watson dismissed additional claims brought by the plaintiffs. A bench trial was held in late 2015. The case is Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted.

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