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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)


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“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

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