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Valdez v. Herrera

Case Information

Date Filed: July 9, 2009
State: New Mexico
Issue: Voter Registration
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico (Case 1:09-cv-00668-LAM-DJS); U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (Case 11-2063)

Issue:

Whether a New Mexico statute, requiring voter registration to be offered when an individual renews a drivers license or state-issued identification card, has been violated.

Status:

Order Denying Emergency Motion for Certificate of Appealability entered 1/25/11.  Order to Show Cause entered 2/3/11.  Order Granting Joint Motion to Continue Trial entered 2/8/11.  Joint Motion for Entry of Consent Order filed 2/17/. Notice of Appeal filed 3/25/11.  USCA Case Number 11-2063 in 10th Circuit entered 3/30/11.  Notice or Record Now Complete/ Appellant Brief 5/23 entered 4/12/11. Notice of Referral to Mediation Conferencing entered 4/19/11.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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