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Mecinas et al v. Hobbs

Case Information

Date Filed: November 1, 2019
State: Arizona
Issue: Ballot Design
Current Court: U.S. District Court District Of Arizona (Case 2:19-cv-05547-DJH)


Whether Arizona's ballot design, which features the Republican candidate's name first vertically, is valid under law? 


Complaint Filed 11/1/19. Amended Complaint Filed 11/15/19. Motion to Dismiss Case 1/2/20. Response in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Case 1/16/20. 

District Court Documents

  • Complaint pdf file (11/1/19)
  • Amended Complaint pdf file (11/15/19)
  • Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Case pdf file (1/2/20)
  • Plaintiffs's Response in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Case pdf file (1/16/20)
  • Amicus Curiae BRIEF of Arizona House Speaker Russell Bowers and Arizona Senate President Karen Fann pdf file (1/20/20)
  • REPLY to Response to Motion re: 26 MOTION to Dismiss Case pdf file (1/31/20)
  • 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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