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Information & Analysis

Republicans Ejected from Polls

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Republicans have been ejected from six polling places in Philadelphia.  It is unclear from the stories whether the ejected individuals were poll workers or merely observers.  It is also unclear who ejected them.  The story indicates that a "Democrat judge of elections" ejected them, which probably means one of the local trial court judges who under Pennsylvania law assume duty for resolving election day legal disputes.  However, the story could also be referring to actual poll workers, who are sometimes referred to as election judges.

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering as Viewpoint Discrimination: A "Functional Equivalence" Test

Edward B. Foley

A First Amendment test for identifying when a map is functionally equivalent to a facially discriminatory statute.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

This is why US election ballots routinely go missing

Professor Dan Tokaji was quoted in USA Today about the prevalence of missing election ballots.

 

"Most of the time, it just goes unreported because it doesn't affect the result," Tokaji said. 


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Info & Analysis

Supreme Court Finds Partisan Gerrymandering Claims to be Non-Justiciable Political Questions

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on Thursday determining that claims of partisan gerrymandering are political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts. The opinion resolved disputes originating in North Carolina and Maryland, in the cases of Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek.

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