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Scott v. Schedler

Case Information

Date Filed: April 19, 2011
State: Louisiana
Issues: Voter Registration, Voter Eligibility
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Case 2:11-cv-00926-JTM-JCW); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case 13-31147); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case 13-30185)


Whether Louisiana has complied with the obligations imposed on states by the federal government in the NVRA.


Complaint filed 4/19/11. Defendant's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment Denied 5/3/12. Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/3/12. Joint Motion to Continue Trial Date filed 9/26/12. Trial Scheduled for 10/15/12. Permanent Injunction granted 1/23/13. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney Fees and Costs filed 2/26/2013. Judgment for Plaintiffs awarding fees and costs filed 10/22/13. Notice of Appeal filed 10/31/13. Defendant's Motion for Stay filed 12/30/13.  Ordering Granting Stay filed 1/2/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Extend Court's Jurisdiction filed 1/17/14. Defendant's Response in Opposition to Motion to Extend Court's Jurisdiction filed 1/22/14. Order Extending Injunction until 2/3/14. Order denying extension of court's jurisdiction filed 2/3/14. Order granting Motion to Stay Pending Appeal filed 5/22/14. 5th Circuit Opinion filed 11/5/14. Mandate issued 2/6/15. Order Amending Permanent Injunction filed on 7/10/15. Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations as to Attorney Fees filed 12/3/15.


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Court of Appeals Documents (Merits)

Court of Appeals Documents (Attorney Fees)


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

Mich.’s elections designer: No ‘easy path to fraud’

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Detroit News about efforts Michigan officials have taken to prevent widespread voter fraud. Among the precautions: removing more than 800,000 people from voter rolls who have died or moved out of state since 2011 and requiring voters without photo identification to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury in order to sign a ballot.

“That’s a pretty good security system for the moment, especially in terms of protecting against hacking,” Foley said.

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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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