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Bennink v. City of Coopersville (Robert Holmes Bell, W.D. Mich. 5:06-cv-82)
Voters turned away from the polls in a close election on a school bond sued for the right to vote in the election immediately after the election was over. The court denied the plaintiffs the requested relief.
Topics: Enjoining certification; registration procedures; provisional ballots.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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United States v. Michigan (Robert J. Jonker, W.D. Mich. 1:12-cv-788)
One week before Michigan’s 2012 federal primary election, upon learning that a substantial number of election jurisdictions were not in compliance, the Justice Department filed a complaint to enforce a requirement that absentee ballots be sent to overseas voters at least 45 days in advance of an election. Four days before the election, the court approved a stipulated order extending the deadline for receipt of cast overseas ballots by the number of days that they were sent late.
Topics: Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA); absentee ballots.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Hayes v. Michigan Democratic Party (Robert J. Jonker, W.D. Mich. 1:07-cv-1237)
A party member filed a federal complaint challenging the state Democratic Party’s early primary election in violation of national party rules, claiming injury because her preferred candidate decided not to participate in the primary. It was over two weeks before the plaintiff asked for expedited consideration. Less than two weeks later, the court denied immediate relief so as not to interfere with an intraparty dispute.
Topics: Party procedures; enjoining elections.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.

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Report on the programs adopted by districts designated as demonstration districts by the Civil Justice Reform Act. Includes list of issues to address in designing a mediation program.

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The Civil Justice Advisory Group's Periodic Assessment of civil justice reform efforts in the Western District of Michigan.

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Clerk of the Court C. Duke Hynek transmits the fourth amendment to the Western District of Michigan's Expense and Delay Reduction Plan to recipients of the plan.

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Clerk of the Court C. Duke Hynek transmits amendments to the Western District of Michigan's Expense and Delay Reduction Plan to recipients of the plan.

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Cover sheet of a fax sent to Sue Rigan of the Western District of Michigan.

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Local rule changes to the differentiated case management plan that the Western District of Michigan developed in response to the CJRA.

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Western District of Michigan Chief Judge Benjamin F. Gibson invites members of the Federal Bar Association to a seminar on differentiated case management in light of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990

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