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Litigation

 

Townley v. Miller

Case Information

Date Filed: June 8, 2012
State: Nevada
Issue: Ballot Design
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for Nevada (Case 3:12-cv-00310 ); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (Case 12-16882 )

Issue:

Whether Nevada state law, which allows voters to choose "none of the above" as a ballot option, but then requires that those ballots not be counted, is Constitutional.

Status:

Complaint filed 6/8/12. Appeal to 9th Circuit filed 8/24/12. Order Granting Emergency Motion for Stay Pending appeal issued 9/5/12. Appellants' briefs filed 9/24/12. Appellees' Brief filed 11/5/12. Appellants' Reply Brief filed 12/3/12. Set for oral argument 3/11/13. Opinion Vacating and Remanding with Instructions to Dismiss for Lack of Standing filed 7/10/13. Order Dismissing Case and Final Judgment on 9/17/13. Petition for Writ of Cert. Denied on 1/14/14.

 

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District Court Documents

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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