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District Judge Rules in Favor of State in Ohio Voter Registration Case

Oct. 11 (1:30 PM) - Ruling on forms used by the state of Ohio to remove inactive voters from the voter rolls, U.S. District Judge George Smith found one minor violation of the National Voter Registration Act, but otherwise ruled that the forms did not violate federal law. The case is Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Husted.

Federal Court Finds Partisan Gerrymandering in North Carolina

Aug. 28 (8:45 AM) - On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a divided three-judge court in the Middle District of North Carolina found a Congressional redistricting plan to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The case is Common Cause v. Rucho.

Supreme Court Upholds Most Texas Districts in Racial Gerrymandering Case

Jun. 25 (12:30 PM) - In a 5-4 decision that reversed the ruling of the District Court, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the drawing of most of the disputed Texas districts did not violate the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act. The case is Abbott v. Perez.

Supreme Court Sends NC Gerrymandering Case Back for Further Consideration

Jun. 25 (11:30 AM) - In a North Carolina gerrymandering case, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated the judgment of the District Court and remanded the case for additional consideration in light of the Court\'s recent opinion of Gill v. Whitford. The case is Rucho v. Common Cause.

Supreme Court Decides Wisconsin and Maryland Gerrymandering Cases on Procedural Grounds

Jun. 18 (11:40 AM) - In opinions issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two gerrymandering cases on procedural grounds. In an opinion in the Wisconsin case of Gill v. Whitford, the Court found that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the legislature\'s redistricting plan. In an opinion in the Maryland case of Benisek v. Lamone, the Court determined that the District Court was within its discretion in denying preliminary relief to the plaintiffs challenging the legislature\'s redistricting plan.

In 5-4 Decision, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Purge Procedure

Jun. 1 (1:00 AM) - In a 5-4 opinion issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Ohio\'s system of purging inactive voters from the rolls. The case is Husted v. Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute.

5th Circuit Rejects Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law

Apr. 27 (4:00 AM) - In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected plaintiffs\' challenge to Texas\' revised Voter ID Law. The case is Veasey v. Abbott.

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Recount Resources

Election Law @ Moritz has assembled a set of resources concerning the topic of elections going into overtime.

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EL@M 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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Current Litigation

Veasey v. Abbott

State: Texas
Issue: Issue 1:

Does SB 14 violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973, by denying the right to vote on account of race and language minority?

Issue 2:

Does SB 14 violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by purposely denying minority voters equal protection for registration and voting?

Issue 3:

Does SB 14 violate the Fifteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by purposely denying minority voters the right to vote?

Issue 4:

Does SB 14 severely burden or facially discriminate against a class of voters without a legitimate governmental interest and violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Issue 5:

Does SB 14 restrict freedom of speech and association in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Issue 6:

Does SB 14 create a poll tax in violation of the Fourteenth and Twenty-First Amendments of the U.S. Constitution?

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