Ballot Order

A federal court dismissed a case against the Texas Secretary of State brought by a voter and the state’s Democratic Party, which challenged a state election law governing the order in which candidates appear on the ballot. The plaintiffs had asked the court to require the state to use a ballot order system that would have given major party candidates an “equal opportunity to be listed first on the ballot.”

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Ballot Access

The Sixth Circuit denied Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a stay pending appeal of a case relating to ballot signature requirements. Proponents of a criminal justice reform initiative say the combination of the governor’s stay-at-home order and the signature requirements create an unconstitutionally severe restriction on their access to the ballot. 

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Voter Rolls

The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to expedite a complaint against the state’s Election Commission brought by three voters — represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty — seeking to purge from the voting rolls thousands who moved within the state but have not updated their addresses. Oral arguments in the case will not occur before Sept. 29. 

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