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Litigation

Ray v. State of Texas

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: September 21, 2006 / November 4, 2006
State: Texas
Issue: Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Case 2:06-cv-00385-TJW); U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (Case 06-41573); United States Supreme Court (Case 06A466)

Issue:

Whether the challenged provisions of the Texas Election Code, which place limits on possession and delivery of absentee ballots by third parties, on unconstitutional on grounds that the provisions substantially burden the fundamental right to vote, violate due process, and violate equal protection of the law.

Status:

Preliminary injunction granted 10/31/06. Defendants have filed a motion to stay the order with the 5th Circuit 11/01/06. Motion to Stay Granted 11/3/06. U.S. Supreme Court has denied the application to vacate the 5th Circuit's stay 11/4/06. 5th Circuit entered an opinion vacating the preliminary injunction and remanding the case to the Eastern District of Texas (1/9/08). Amended complaint filed 2/7/08. Both sides filed for summary judgment on 6/12/08. A settlement was reached and a dismissal order was entered on 6/20/08.  Opinion filed 8/7/08 granting judgment for the defendant.

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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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