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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

Election Law @ Moritz is 10 Years Old!

Back in 2004, those of us who worked on election law here at Ohio State realized that Ohio might play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election. (It did, but for the sake of the nation not as pivotally as it might have.) We also knew that 2004 would be the first presidential election after passage of the Help America Vote Act, with all its new rules on voter registration databases, voter identification, and provisional ballots. We thought it might be useful if, as a team, we tried to get up to speed on the new terrain of “election administration law,” which had been a sleepy field in terms of scholarship before 2000. We had a sense that teamwork would enable us to produce various forms of useful scholarship that we could not accomplish working separately.

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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

Supreme Court of Kansas Orders Taylor's Name to be Removed from U.S. Senate Ballot

In an opinion issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kansas ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Chad Taylor from the ballot for the general election. Removing Taylor leaves Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman on the ballot. Taylor requested his removal earlier this month. The case is Taylor v. Kobach.

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