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Ohio House Committee Recommends Upholding Landis' Election VictoryMay. 8 (3:52 PM) -
Yesterday, an Ohio House of Representatives committee recommended 5-4 that the Ohio House uphold the election victory of Republican State Representative Al Landis over Democratic challenger Josh O'Farrell. In February, the Ohio Supreme Court sent the O'Farrell v. Landis
record to the House for consideration. According to an article
in the Canton Repository, committee chairman and State Representative Matt Huffman said he expects a vote by the full House later this month.
Conference: Under the Influence? Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Campaign FinanceFeb. 27 (3:07 PM) -
The Baldy Center at SUNY Buffalo is sponsoring a conference March 8-9, 2013 on the interaction between lobbying and campaign finance. MIchael Halberstam of SUNY Buffalo Law School and Election Law @ Moritz Senior Fellow Daniel Tokaji are co-organizers. Papers from the conference are to be published in Election Law Journal
. More information on the conference is available here
Federal Court Rules that Louisiana Violated NVRAJan. 25 (9:21 AM) -
U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Malazzo found
that Louisiana violated the National Voter Registration Act by not providing voter registration services to all of its public assistance agency clients. The judge found that the state's subsequent modification of its policies complied with the Act and issued a permanent injunction
directing the state to maintain these revised policies. The judge's ruling followed a trial held in October. The court retained jurisdiction over the case, Scott v. Schedler
, for a year.
Ohio Election ContestDec. 27 (1:00 PM) -
Democrat Josh O'Farrell, who challenged Republican incumbent Al Landis for an Ohio House of Representatives seat, recently filed a petition
in the Ohio Supreme Court contesting the election results. The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections declared Landis the winner earlier this month. O'Farrell's petition alleges multiple irregularities with respect to absentee and provisional voting and asks for a recount in certain precincts. The case is O'Farrell v. Landis
Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State Apportionment PlanNov. 27 (12:55 PM) -
The Ohio Supreme Court has denied
declaratory and injunctive relief in a challenge
to the state’s current apportionment plan for the Ohio General Assembly. Establishing that the Apportionment Board has considerable discretion in how to apply constitutional requirements regarding compactness, contiguity, and minimizing splits within county and local governmental units, four members of the court held that “[t]he role of a supreme court in considering constitutional challenges to an apportionment plan is restricted to determining whether relators have met their burden to prove that the plan adopted by the board is unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt.” The court found no constitutional mandate of political neutrality, as long as the other constitutional requirements are met. The three dissenters took issue with the majority’s allocation of the burdens of proof and with the majority’s approach to the relationship between the constitutional requirements of compactness and minimal splitting within single governmental units.
France: Uncertain Election Results in Vote for Party LeaderNov. 19 (8:27 AM) -
The results of an election for party leader of France's center-right opposition party, the party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, were uncertain as of Sunday night. The results are officially too close to call, though both candidates have reportedly declared victory. The New York Times
, Wall Street Journal
, and The Guardian
Sixth Circuit Grants Husted's Motion to Stay District Court OrderNov. 16 (12:20 PM) -
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted
the emergency motion of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to block a provisional ballot ruling
issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley. Judge Marbley's ruling in NEOCH v. Husted
involved the counting of provisional ballots when information on affirmation forms is incomplete.
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