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Litigation

Powell v. Alabama

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 29, 2008 / September 5, 2008
State: Alabama
Issue: Voting Rights Act
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District for the Northern District of Alabama (Case 2:08-cv-01345)

Issue:

Whether a 2007 change in Alabama election law (changing the rules of succession for the Jefferson County Commission)  violates the preclearance provision Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Status:

Complaint filed 7/29/08.  Motion for Rule 16 Hearing filed 7/31/08.  Answer, Motion to Dismiss for lack of Jurisdiction, and Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed on 8/18/08.  Voluntary Motion to Dismiss filed on 9/5/08 and granted on 9/5/08.  Case dismissed without prejudice on 9/5/08.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Flagging Online Falsehoods

Edward B. Foley

A remedy for foreign disinformation attacks

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

How states can fix the Electoral College and prevent future Trumps

An op-ed written by Professor Edward Foley about repairing the Electoral College was published in USA Today.

“The imperative is to prevent another president who wins the White House without really winning the support of the electorates in the states that determine the outcome,” Foley writes. “The Founding Fathers would see that as a subversion of the Electoral College system. So should we.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Ohio ADA Case Alleging Discrimination Against Blind Voters

In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the district court dismissing a lawsuit alleging that Ohio\'s absentee voter system discriminates against blind voters. According to the panel, the district court accepted Ohio Secretary of State John Husted\'s \"fundamental alteration\" defense without any evidentiary support. The case, Hindel v. Husted, was remanded to the district court for further proceedings.

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