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Information & Analysis

Judge Does Not Block Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

A Pennsylvania state court judge denied a motion by several individuals and organizations to block the state's new voter ID law. In denying the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania determined that the plaintiffs were not likely to succeed on their claims that the law on its face violates certain provisions of the Pennsylvania Constitution. According to Judge Simpson, the plaintiffs did not establish that disenfranchisement due to the law was "immediate or inevitable." The plaintiffs will likely appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for a determination of whether the law will be in effect for the 2012 general election. The case is Applewhite v. Pennsylvania.

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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