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Brunner wants to consolidate latest lawsuit by Stivers supporters with NEOCH v. Blackwell

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner today (11/14) removed Skaggs v. Brunner, filed yesterday (11/13) in the Ohio Supreme Court, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Having removed the case to federal court, Secretary Brunner has filed a motion to consolidate the case with two existing federal court cases, NEOCH v. Blackwell and Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner (NEOCH and Ohio Republican Party were themselves consolidated on 11/6).   She claims that the Skaggs case, brought by two voters who are supporters of Steve Stivers in the OH-15 race, is based upon legal and factual issues that are "identical" to the issues presented in the other pending federal cases.  See the EL@M case page for additional information and court documents.

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

What's the Matter with Kobach?

Daniel P. Tokaji

By "Kobach," I mean the Kobach v. EAC case in which the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument Monday – rather than its lead plaintiff, Kansas’ controversial Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the position of his state and the State of Arizona. This post discusses what’s at issue in the case, where the district court went wrong, and what the Tenth Circuit should do.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Judge Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in NC Case

U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a case challenging a new North Carolina voting law as violating the Voting Rights Act and the federal Constitution. Judge Schroeder also denied the defendants' motion for judgment on the pleadings. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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