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Texas Democratic Party v. Dallas County

Case Information

Date Filed: December 1, 2008
State: Texas
Issues: Voting Rights Act, Voting Technology, Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Case 3:08-cv-02117); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 10-1183)

Issue:

Whether problems with voting machine technology will trigger a manual recount under Texas election law.

Status:

Final Judgment entered 1/7/11.  Notice of Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court filed 1/24/11.  Letter Assigning U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 10-1183 entered 4/4/11. SCOTUS Vacated judgment and remanded to District Court on 10/3/11.

District Court Documents

Supreme Court Documents

  • Statement as to Jurisdiction (filed 3/25/2011)
  • Waiver of Right of Appellee Texas Democratic Party to respond (filed 4/27/11)
  • Distributed for Conference of May 26, 2011 (entered 5/10/11)
  • Response Requested (entered 5/21/11)
  • Motion to Dismiss or Affirm by Appellee Texas Democratic Party (filed 6/22/2011)
  • Distributed for Conference of September 26, 2011 (entered 7/6/11)
  • Judgment Vacated and Remanded to US District Court for the Northern District of Texas (entered 10/3/11)

 

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

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 Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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