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Information & Analysis

Group Wants Extension for PA Absentee Ballots

The Committee of Seventy, an election-watchdog group, asked Pennsylvania election officials yesterday (11/3) to provide an eight-day extension for voters to submit absentee ballots.  The group says that they have received more than 100 complaints from voters who have applied for absentee ballots but did not receive them in time to mark them and send them back to election officials.  Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth, Pedro Cortes, has said that he lacks the authority to grant the request absent a court order.   

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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