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Litigation

White v. Reed

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: July 14, 2009 / November 6, 2009
State: Washington
Issues: Ballot Design, Voting Technology
Courts that Heard this Case: Washington Supreme Court (Case 833427)

Issue:

Whether requirings voters to vote on ballots containing unique bar code identifiers that can be used to identify the voters violates the State Constitution’s guarantee of "absolute secrecy" of the ballot and other state laws.

Status:

Petition for mandamus filed on 7/14/09.  Decision terminating Supreme Court review, 11/6/09.

Supreme Court Documents

  • Petition PDF (filed 7/14/09)
  • Answer to Motion (filed 8/19/09)
  • Answer to Motion (filed 8/20/09)
  • Reply to Response (filed 8/25/09)
  • Response (filed 9/25/09)
  • Supplemental Pleadings (filed 9/28/09)
  • Response (filed 9/28/09)
  • Motion to Strike (filed 9/28/09)
  • Answer to Motion (filed 10/5/09)
  • Response (filed 10/5/09)
  • Reply (filed 10/9/09)
  • Decision Terminating Supreme Court Review (entered 11/6/09)

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

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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