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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)


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


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)



Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Explaining how recounts and contested presidential elections work

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Yahoo! News about vote recounts and the history of contested presidential elections. A handful of past elections haven’t been officially determined on election night, he said, including races in 1876, 1884, 1916, and 1960. The article originally appeared on the National Constitution Center’s blog, Constitution Daily.

“Elections, it must be emphasized, do not end on the last day that ballots are cast and the polls close,” Foley said. “They are officially over when the counting of all the ballots has been finally certified.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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