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Arcia v. Detzner

Case Information

Date Filed: June 19, 2012
State: Florida
Issues: Voter Fraud, Voter Eligibility, State Voter Registration Databases
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case 1:12-cv-22282); U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (Case 12-15738)


Whether Florida's "voter purge" violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by having a disproportionate effect on African-American and Hispanic citizens.


Complaint filed 6/19/12. Answer filed 7/12/12. Amended Complaint filed 9/12/12. Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Summary Judgment filed 9/19/12. Defendant's Answer to Amended Complaint filed 10/2/12. Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Summary Judgment filed 10/4/12. Final Judgment Entered 10/29/12. Notice of Appeal filed 11/1/12. Appellant's brief filed 12/17/12. Letter from Court to Parties requesting responses on jurisdictional question filed 12/31/12. Appellees' Response Brief filed 1/22/13. Oral Argument held 10/10/13. Opinion, reversed and remanded on 4/1/14. Opinion vacated and new opinion issued 11/17/14. Plaintiffs Motion fro Attorney Fees filed 12/08/14. Appellee's Response to Motion for Attorney's fees filed 1/20/15. Order vacating previous Judgment filed 2/15/15. Final Judgment filed 2/15/15.


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District Court Documents


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Trump accepting the US election result has little practical consequence

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Deutsche Welle about Donald Trump’s assertions that he will not accept the results of the U.S. presidential election if he is defeated.

"It was improper to say what he said and the way that he said it, given the role of a candidate in a democracy for the office that he is seeking,” Foley said. "Most states have what they call automatic or mandatory recounts that get triggered by close margins. I do think the words that he has used suggest some lack of knowledge of the mechanics of the process and how the system works.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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