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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 Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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