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Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Ohio ADA Case Alleging Discrimination Against Blind Voters

Nov. 13 (4:39 PM) - In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the district court dismissing a lawsuit alleging that Ohio\'s absentee voter system discriminates against blind voters. According to the panel, the district court accepted Ohio Secretary of State John Husted\'s \"fundamental alteration\" defense without any evidentiary support. The case, Hindel v. Husted, was remanded to the district court for further proceedings.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

Sep. 13 (2:15 PM) - In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

Jun. 20 (9:28 AM) - On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a gerrymandering case involving Wisconsin state legislative districts. The court also granted a request by the state to temporarily block the lower court\'s decision until the appeal is resolved. The case is Gill v. Whitford.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ohio Case on Minor Voting Form Errors

Jun. 20 (9:24 AM) - On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal in an Ohio voting case in which the plaintiffs sought a court order barring state officials from failing to consider voter forms with immaterial errors. The case is NEOCH v. Husted.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Voter Registration Case

May. 31 (10:03 AM) - Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order (see p. 3) granting the state\'s certiorari petition in an Ohio case involving the maintenance of voter registration lists. At issue is whether Ohio\'s use of voter inactivity as a reason to send \"confirmation notices\" is consistent with federal law. The case is Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Husted.

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

May. 22 (4:57 PM) - 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.

Judge Orders Georgia to Re-Open Voter Registration for Georgia Special Congressional Election Runoff

May. 4 (5:43 PM) - A U.S. District Judge today ordered the state of Georgia to re-open voter registration until at least May 21st ahead of the June 20th runoff for the seat in Georgia\'s Sixth Congressional District. According to Judge Timothy Batten, the plaintiffs could likely succeed in showing that Georgia\'s reduction in the time its citizens had to register was pre-empted by federal law. The case is Georgia NAACP v. Georgia.

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Recount Resources

Election Law @ Moritz has assembled a set of resources concerning the topic of elections going into overtime.

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EL@M in the News

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Tempe City Council Moves Ahead With Ordinance To Limit 'Dark Money'

Professor Edward Foley appeared on KJZZ to discuss an ordinance in Tempe, Arizona that could limit the influence of “dark money” on its municipal elections.

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Current Litigation

Hindel v. Husted

State: Ohio
Issue: Whether Ohio is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by allegedly not providing equal opportunity for blind voters to vote absentee and access the Ohio Secretary of State's voter services website.

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