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Litigation

McCain-Palin 2008 v. Cunningham

Case Information

Date Filed: November 3, 2008
State: Virginia
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Case 3:08-cv-00709)

Issue:

Whether the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Rights Act requires the Viriginia Board of Elections to count late-arriving overseas military ballots.

Status:

Settlement Conference Held 12/7/10. Stipulated Consent Decree entered 12/10/10.  Consent Decree 12/14/10.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Voter ID Laws Are So Last (Election) Season

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Bloomberg BNA about voter ID laws implemented during the last election cycle. The “voting wars will continue,” Foley said, as incoming state legislators start to reconsider new election laws.

He also discussed the number of last-minute, conflicting court decisions made throughout the election cycle that struck down voting restrictions in some states, while upholding them in others. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to dismantle part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 created a “hunger for clarity” in regards to how lower courts consistently determine the legality of voting restrictions, he said.

 

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Upholds Virginia Voter ID Law

Today, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the district court upholding Virginia\'s voter ID law. The court disagreed with assertions that the law imposed an undue burden on minority voters or was enacted with racially discriminatory intent. The case is Lee v. Virginia Board of Elections.

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