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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.

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

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)


Edward B. Foley

The Claim that the Media is Rigging the Election--and Citizens United

Edward B. Foley

This post floats a tentative thought, welcoming reaction to it (but isn't that in part what blogging is for? :-) Elsewhere, I've addressed the current claims that the election might be rigged through modern-day equivalents of old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing.  Here, I want to consider the other current claim being made: that the mainstream media is rigging (or attempting to rig) the election, as Trump, Pence, and other supporters of their ticket are claiming. 

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Election Law Expert: Rigged Election 'Extraordinarily Unlikely'

Professor Edward Foley appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss the historical context of rigged elections and the unlikeliness that the general election will be tampered with this year.

“That state would have had to have been targeted ahead of time for rigging, and the attempt to rig it would have to go undetected. That's a lot to happen systematically and under the radar screen,” Foley said. “The new phenomenon is the risk of a cyberattack, and again, I think the risk of that is very low — as long as the voting machines are not hooked up to the Internet, and most states — as I understand it — most states do not hook up their vote-tabulating equipment to the Internet.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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