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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

When Should a Voter’s “Clerical Error” Invalidate a Ballot?

Edward B. Foley

Not when the state already has enough information to verify the ballot’s validity.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Obscure Ohio State Law Could Shake Up the Republican Convention

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in an ABC News article about the Republican Convention:

“It’s entirely imaginable that these kind of controversies will emerge if Donald Trump goes into Cleveland without 1,237,” said Dan Tokaji, an expert in election law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, referring the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination. “There’s going to be a furious jockeying for these delegates.”

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Info & Analysis

Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law \"presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans\' right to vote.\" The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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