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Litigation

In re Mondello

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: March 31, 2009 / April 15, 2009
State: New York
Issue: Election Contest
Courts that Heard this Case: New York Supreme Court (Dutchess County) (Case 002254/2009)

Issue:

Whether irregularities and close margin for the special election requires oversight by the court for counting and recounting votes, including those cast by absentee ballots.

Status:

Verified Petition and Order to Show Cause filed 3/31. Order requiring counting of absentee ballots to begin April 8 entered 4/6.  Decision and order entered 4/15.

Court Documents

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Commentary

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The Missing Link in Gerrymandering Jurisprudence

Edward B. Foley

The key advance is the ability to identify whether a redistricting map is an extreme outlier in the degree of its partisan bias.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

A path through the thicket the First Amendment right of association

A post written by Professor Dan Tokaji for SCOTUSblog during their Summer Symposium on Gill v. Whitford was reprinted on ACSblog.

“A constitutional standard for partisan gerrymandering is the holy grail of election law. For decades, scholars and jurists have struggled to find a manageable standard for claims of excessive partisanship in drawing district lines," Tokaji writes. "Most of these efforts have focused on the equal protection clause. But as Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested in Vieth v. Jubelirer, the First Amendment provides a firmer doctrinal basis for challenging partisan gerrymandering.”
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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