Mar 17 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Argument in Election Law Case on Monday, March 18

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Arizona v Inter Tribal Council, 12-71. See this analysis of the case, which concerns the 1993 federal “motor voter” law on voter registration. Congress in 1993 passed a law that established a federal voter registration form. Arizona does not wish to accept the federal form unless the individuals who use it provide extra information that the federal form itself doesn’t require.

Also on March 18, the Court will probably say whether or not it will hear these two cases: (1) James v FEC, 12-683, a second challenge to federal campaign laws that limit total giving by an individual in any two-year period; (2) Libertarian Party v D.C. Board of Elections, 12-836, over whether valid write-in votes for a declared write-in presidential candidate must be counted. Chances are dim that the Court will hear that case, because the D.C. Board of Elections (which refuses to count votes for declared write-in presidential candidates) didn’t even bother to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, and usually, if the Court is seriously thinking about accepting a case, it will ask for an opposition brief.

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