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Mon Aug 8, 2016, 09:12 AM

The crusade of a Democratic superlawyer with multimillion-dollar backing

Great article on Marc https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/the-crusade-of-a-democratic-super-lawyer-with-multimillion-dollar-backing/2016/08/07/2c1b408c-5a54-11e6-9767-f6c947fd0cb8_story.html

After a lopsided string of court victories knocking down state voting restrictions, Democratic superlawyer Marc E. Elias was literally flying high last week in his pursuit of other ­Republican-initiated voting laws he says hurt his party’s most loyal constituencies.

First up was the battleground of Ohio, where Elias told a federal appeals court that the state had unlawfully cut a few days of early voting disproportionately used by African Americans.

Less than 24 hours later, the lawyer whose firm counts Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee among its clients was in a federal courtroom 1,600 miles away. He charged that Arizona’s new law regarding the handling of absentee ballots was an unconstitutional effort to discourage Latino and Native American voters as well as those who assist them.

Elias, a go-to lawyer for Democrats in recount fights and redistricting battles, has now taken a prominent and somewhat controversial place among the coalition of groups challenging a wave of state election laws that were rewritten in recent years.
Marc has been busy suing the GOP on voting rights and has been making some really good law
“Some in the voting rights community expressed concern when he came into these voting cases that he could establish some bad precedent,” said Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, whose Election Law Blog serves as something of a bulletin board for election lawyers. “He’s done well so far, however, and with the changing balance of power on the courts, he may well have continuing success in at least some of his cases.”

Elias heard the criticism too.

“All I can tell you is we sued in Virginia and we got a consent decree on long lines” at the polls, he said. “We sued in North Carolina and obviously that’s worked out. We’ve sued in Wisconsin and we’ve won in the district court. We sued in Ohio and won before the district court and now have the argument in the 6th Circuit.”

He paused. “So those who were concerned we were going to make bad law so far don’t have much to point to. We’ve made a lot of good law.”

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Aug 8, 2016, 12:03 PM

1. Where was he when...

 

Al Gore needed him...???

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Response to frankt8242 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 8, 2016, 01:45 PM

2. That election led to a change in how Democrats approached election contests

That election led to a major change in how Democratic lawyer approached voter protection. In 2004, I went to Florida as part of the Kerry Edwards voter protection team and I have been working on voter protection ever since. Now I am volunteering with the Clinton Victory Counsel program.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon Aug 22, 2016, 08:30 PM

3. Breaking: 7th Circuit Denies Stay of Second WI Voting Decision Involving Early Voting Etc.

More good news http://electionlawblog.org/?p=85673

The 7th Circuit has just denied a request for a stay in the second voting case involving WI rollback of early voting etc.

This ruling is from the same panel that granted the stay in the affidavit voter id case (Easterbrook, Sykes, Kanne.). If Wisconsin could not convince these judges to order a stay in this case, there is no hope of going to the 7th Circuit en banc. The only hope would be an emergency stay request at the Supreme Court. Given the closeness to the election, the state would have to move very soon for the Court to even consider such a stay. Even then, getting over the 4-4 ideological split seems iffy. If you can’t get Easterbrook, you likely can’t get Kennedy.

The fact that the court denied the stay without issuing an opinion could be a sign that the court recognizes the urgency of the time. An opinion can come later when there is an appeal on the merits. It could be a sign that the issues raised by Wisconsin are frivolous.

What this means: Wisconsin needs to go ahead and let localities continue to set voting hours and otherwise implement the judge’s order.
Marc Elias did a great job in this lawsuit

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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 08:31 PM

4. Another scumbag lawyer.

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