Posted: June 3, 2008
Edward B. Foley
Today’s federal district court ruling in the Ohio early voting lawsuit will set a major precedent of nationwide significance if its novel legal theory is sustained on appeal.
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.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted a stay in two cases, allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to become effective for the upcoming November elections. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.