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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

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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