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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

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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