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Stein v. Cortes

Case Information

Date Filed: December 5, 2016
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case 2:16-cv-06287)

Issue:

The plaintiff brings this action in relation to the difficulty they are facing in gaining a recount in Pennsylvania. The following claims are brought by plaintiff: 

1. Whether the Defendants have are maintaining and implementing a system of voting that denies Pennsylvania voters the right to vote, which has severely burdened voters right to vote in violation of the Equal Protection clause.

2. Whether the Defendants are maintaining and implementing a system that burdens the right to vote and violates Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

3. Whether the Defendants are maintaining and implementing a system that burdens the right to vote and violates the First Amendment.

Status:

Complaint filed 12/5/2016. Motion to Intervene by Trump et al filed 12/5/16. Order setting 12/6/16 deadline for response to Motion to Intervene. Motion for Expedited Hearing on Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/6/16. Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/6/16. Responses in Opposition filed by Trump et al and Cortes12/8/16. Opinion and Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 12/12/16.

 

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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