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6th Circuit issues important decision in League of Women Voters v. Brunner

The 6th Circuit issued an opinion in League of Women Voters v. Brunner (formerly "v. Blackwell") favoring Plaintiffs on Defendant's interlocutory appeal of the district court's decision not to dismiss the case.  It has been remanded to the district court.  The case cites many examples of voter hardship from the 2004 election and alleges systemic failure in Ohio's voting systems and failure by the Secretary of State and Governor to remedy the problems.  EL@M Director, Edward B. Foley, analyzes the decision here, discussing its importance and, in particular, its citation of Bush v. Gore as support for the validity of Plaintiffs' claims.


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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