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Information & Analysis

Mandamus Action Filed to Subject Ohio Redistricting Act to Referendum

Ohioans for Fair Districts has filed a mandamus action in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the Congressional redistricting legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly earlier this month. The petitioners seek a writ from the court ordering the Ohio Secretary of State to treat sections 1 and 2 of Substitute House Bill 319 as subject to referendum under the Ohio Constitution. The final section of the bill states that it is not subject to referendum. Several Democratic legislators and the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party are members of Ohioans for Fair Districts and are parties in the action.

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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