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Litigation

 

Smith v. Aichele

Case Information

Date Filed: January 30, 2012
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Redistricting
Courts that Heard this Case: US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:12-cv-00488)

Issue:

Whether Pennsylvania's reapportionment plan violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Status:

Complaint filed 1/30/12. Complaint dissmissed without prejudice 5/31/12.

 

 

District Court Documents

 

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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