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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

Accuracy About Voting—Needed on Both Sides of Debate

Edward B. Foley

The Golden Rule fully applies: speak truthfully about voting as you would have others also speak truthfully about voting.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Donald Trump video outlines first 100 day plans

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted on Fox28 about Donald Trump’s latest video outlining plans for his first 100 days in office.

"Take immigration for example, one of the cornerstones of the Trump campaign, not just building the wall, but reversing some of President Obama's actions on immigration, in particular the protection of the immigrant children," Tokaji said. "There will be a big backlash from the growing Latino population if he acts too aggressively on that, something that could hurt the Republican Party for decades."

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Info & Analysis

U.S. District Judge Dissolves TRO, Halting Michigan Recount

A U.S. District Judge granted the request of the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Attorney General to dissolve a temporary restraining order that had allowed the Jill Stein-initiated recount to commence. Judge Mark Goldsmith determined that Stein failed to show entitlement to a recount under Michigan or federal law. The case is Stein v. Thomas.

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