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HAVA @ 10 Conference

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The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) became law 10 years ago. To commemorate this occasion and discuss how American election administration has changed over the past decade, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Election Law @ Moritz program, its Legislation Clinic, and Election Law Journal, are co-sponsoring a conference, “HAVA @ 10.”

The Moritz College of Law will host the conference in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on May 18, 2012, with papers from the conference to be published in Election Law Journal. The conference will bring together a group of national experts, including election officials, elected officials, political scientists, legal scholars, and lawyers. Topics will include laws regarding voter registration, voting technologies, the future of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the division of authority among federal, state, and local entities, and election administration issues that HAVA has not addressed. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, will be the keynote lunch speaker.

Conference organizers are Daniel Tokaji, the Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law, a senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz, and co-editor of Election Law Journal;  Steve Huefner, professor of law at the Moritz College of Law, Legislation Clinic director, and a senior fellow at Election Law @ Moritz; and Paul Gronke, professor of political science at Reed College, director of the Early Voting Information Center, and co-editor of Election Law Journal.

Where
Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts
31st Floor Executive Conference Room, South B and C
77 S. High St., 31st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

CLE
Conference attendees are eligible for 6 hours of CLE credit for the full conference. (with 0 hours of ethics, 0 hours of professionalism, and 0 hours of substance abuse instruction.)

Cost $65 ($95 After May 4, 2012)
Conference sessions are free for Ohio State students, faculty, and staff. However, there is a $10 charge to attend keynote address and lunch. The registration deadline is May 14. (Registration fee may be waived in special circumstances, e.g. students. Please contact Daphne Meimaridis, at meimaridis.3@osu.edu)

Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

White House drops Obama-era discrimination claim against Texas voter ID law

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor in an article about how the Trump administration dropped a discrimination claim against a Texas voter ID law. Viewed as one of the strictest voting requirements in the country by voting rights advocates, the law required voters to show one of seven valid forms of ID.

A federal appeals court ruled last year that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and those living in poverty. The court required the state to adjust its requirements before the general election. According to court testimony, Hispanic voters were twice as likely to lack proper ID under the law, while black voters were three times as likely.

“Voting litigation is increasing, not decreasing,” Foley said. “The main impression … is that when a law looks like it’s engaging in outright disenfranchisement of a valid voter, even conservative judges have been stopping that. [But] the judiciary is more tolerant with state legislatures adjusting issues of convenience and accessibility, if the adjustment is not outright disenfranchisement.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Three-Judge Panel Finds Voting Rights Act and Constitutional Violations in Creation of Texas House of Representatives Districts

A little over a month after ruling that Texas\' Congressional redistricting plan violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Consistution, a three-judge panel similarly ruled (2-1) with regard to the creation of Texas\' state-level House of Representatives districts. The court issued a 171-page order in which it ruled for the state on some claims. The court also made separate findings of fact. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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