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Litigation

Moyer v. Cortes

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: October 17, 2008 / December 24, 2008
State: Pennsylvania
Issues: Voter Registration, Voter Fraud
Courts that Heard this Case: Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (Case 497 MD 2008)

Issue:

Whether the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania must require first time registrants to show ID before voting and whether the Secretary must provide access to voter registration information to local officials so that they can ensure the fairness of the election.

Status:

Complaint, Motion for Preliminary Injunction, and Motion to Expedite Discovery were filed on 10/17/08.  Motion to Expedite Discovery was denied on 10/24/08.  Application for special injunction was denied on 10/30/08. Notice of discontinuance entered 12/24/08.

Commonwealth Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

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Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

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

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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