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Disabled often banned from voting

LOS ANGELES — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically ...

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Elections – Voter ID Law – Voting Rights Act – Preclearance – 2013 Elections (access required)

South Carolina v. United States As authoritatively interpreted by S.C. officials – allowing voters without a photo ID to vote if they sign an affidavit giving any true explanation of what stopped them from obtaining a photo ID -- Act R54 is precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for elections beginning in 2013.

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Elections – Voting Rights Act – Constitutional – Due Process & Equal Protection – Primary Ballots – Disqualification – Civil Practice – Temporary Restraining Order Motion (access required)

Smith v. South Carolina Election Commission The plaintiff-candidates allege that Anderson v. South Carolina Election Commission, 725 S.E.2d 704 (S.C. May 2, 2012) (“Anderson I”), rehearing denied Order No. 2012-05-03-05 (S.C. May 3, 2012) (“Anderson Order”), and Florence County Democratic Party v. Florence County Republican Party, Slip Op. No. 27128 (S.C. June 5, 2012), have been inconsistently applied...

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Elections – UOCAVA Voters – Voting Rights Act — Civil Practice – Standing – Candidate (access required)

Somers v. South Carolina State Election Commission The plaintiff-candidate seeks to bring a Voting Rights Act challenge to the procedure used by South Carolina’s counties to mail ballots under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) after the S.C. Supreme Court delayed the mailing of state ballots while it reviewed candidates’ failure to timely file their statements of economic interests. However, since plaintiff has failed to articulate any concrete and particularized injury that she has incurred or is likely to incur as a result of the transmission of separate federal and state ballots, plaintiff has no standing as a candidate to pursue a § 5 Voting Rights Act claim. Nor has she alleged an injury in fact or shown how she was denied equal protection of the laws.

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Elections – UOCAVA Voters – Voting Rights Act – Civil Practice – Standing – Candidate (access required)

Somers v. South Carolina State Election Commission The plaintiff-candidate seeks to bring a Voting Rights Act challenge to the procedure used by South Carolina’s counties to mail ballots under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) after the S.C. Supreme Court delayed the mailing of state ballots while it reviewed candidates’ failure to timely file their statements of economic interests. However, since plaintiff has failed to articulate any concrete and particularized injury that she has incurred or is likely to incur as a result of the transmission of separate federal and state ballots, plaintiff has no standing as a candidate to pursue a § 5 Voting Rights Act claim. Nor has she alleged an injury in fact or shown how she was denied equal protection of the laws.

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Elections – Civil Rights – Voting Rights Act – Schools & School Boards – At-Large Elections – Multiple Seats – Multiple Votes per Voter (access required)

Levy v. Lexington County In 1994, the General Assembly changed elections for the Board of Trustees for School District Three from an annual February vote to a biennial vote at the time of the general election in November (an at-large election in which voters may cast multiple votes to fill multiple seats on the board).

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