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Litigation

Project Vote v. Blackwell

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 6, 2006 / April 11, 2008
State: Ohio
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case 1:06-cv-01628-KMO)

Issue:

Whether the newly enacted voter registration provisions of the Ohio Revised Code violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Status:

Preliminary Injunction granted 9/8/2006; Case referred to Magistrate for Mediation to occur during the month of July 2007. Discovery due 7/31/07. Dispositive Motions due 8/31/07. Motion for partial summary judgment filed 7/13/07. Motion for partial summary judgment granted 2/11/08.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

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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