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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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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

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