In a recent article in the Atlantic, Who Should Select Senators?, constitutional scholar Garrett Epps examines the ways in which states are subverting the goals of the Seventeenth Amendment by creating procedures that delay and hamper the people’s right to elect their Senators directly. In his article, he discusses two suits filed by Despres, Schwartz […]
Judge v. Quinn
Daily Chronicle: Illinois voters might have to make two selections on their ballot for U.S. senator during November’s general election. A federal court opinion released Wednesday said the U.S. Constitution requires an election to be held if there is a vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
This morning, oral arguments for Quinn v. Judge were held in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court. You can listen to the discussion at the Seventh Circuit Court’s website. That’s Marty Oberman speaking on behalf of the plaintiff.
This past week, Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan joined Cohen & Frankel in filing an amended lawsuit that argues that the 17th amendment rights of Illinois citizens are violated by the State’s refusal to conduct a special election to fill the Senate currently occupied by Roland Burris, who was appointed by the seat by then-Governor Blagojevich.