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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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In the News

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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

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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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