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Ohio Sets New Maps and March Primary Date

The Ohio legislature passed H.B. 369 on December 14, 2011, by a referendum-proof margin, eliminating concerns that Ohio would hold a split primary in 2012. The bill will be effective immediately after being signed by Governor Kasich. The bill includes a congressional map slightly revised from the one proposed earlier in the fall by House Republicans. H.B. 369 also establishes a single March 6, 2012, primary and sets a December 30, 2011, filing deadline for candidates for President and Vice President, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, and national convention delegates. The bill voids any filing for one of these positions filed before the bill’s effective date; a candidate whose earlier petition is voided must re-file. State and local candidates and ballot issues are not affected by the bill; the filing deadline for state and local candidates (which has already passed) remains December 7, 2011. H.B. 369 also creates an eight-person Redistricting Reform Task Force, with membership to be divided equally between the two major parties. The Task Force will issue a report with recommendations for reforming the redistricting process by June 30, 2012.

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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